Remembering An American HeroPosted on 10/10/13 - by Curt CarterDear SGT Paul Hellstrom Foster, sirMORE
As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.
May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.
With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir
PhotoPosted on 3/12/13 MORE
Who Shall We SendPosted on 10/19/05 - by Dave Avery email@example.com"An God said who shall we send.I answered I am here,send me."MORE
Facta Non Verba
NATIVE AMERICAN PRAYERPosted on 3/14/05 - by Chris Spencer firstname.lastname@example.orgIt is said a man hasn't died as long as he is remembered. This prayer is a way for families, friends and fellow veterans to remember our fallen brothers and sisters. Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning hush, I am the swift, uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight, I am the stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not dieMORE
We RememberPosted on 8/16/04 - by Robert Sage email@example.comPaul is buried at Golden Gate Nat Cem.
Who's Who in Marine Corps HistoryPosted on 2/24/04SGT Paul H. Foster, USMCMORE
Semper Fidelis, Marine!
Thank you Sergeant FosterPosted on 7/21/03 - by Donald LytleAlthough we never met personally, I want to thank you Paul Hellstrom Foster, for your courageous and valiant service, years of faithfully contributing, and your most holy sacrifice given to this great country of ours!MORE
Your Spirit is alive--and strong, therefore Marine, you shall never be forgotten, nor has your death been in vain!
Again, thank you Sergeant Foster, for a job exceptionally well done!
REST IN ETERNAL PEACE MY MARINE FRIEND
Corrected CitationPosted on 5/28/03 - by HLFRank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division. Place and date: Near Con Thien, Republic of Vietnam, 14 October 1967. Entered service at: San Francisco, Calif. Born: 17 April 1939, San Mateo, Calif. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an artillery liaison operations chief with the 2d Battalion. In the early morning hours the 2d Battalion was occupying a defensive position which protected a bridge on the road leading from Con Thien to Cam Lo. Suddenly, the marines' position came under a heavy volume of mortar and artillery fire, followed by an aggressive enemy ground assault. In the ensuing engagement, the hostile force penetrated the perimeter and brought a heavy concentration of small arms, automatic weapons, and rocket fire to bear on the battalion command post. Although his position in the fire support coordination center was dangerously exposed to enemy fire and he was wounded when an enemy hand grenade exploded near his position, Sgt. Foster resolutely continued to direct accurate mortar and artillery fire on the advancing North Vietnamese troops. As the attack continued, a hand grenade landed in the midst of Sgt. Foster and his 5 companions. Realizing the danger, he shouted a warning, threw his armored vest over the grenade, and unhesitatingly placed his body over the armored vest. When the grenade exploded, Sgt. Foster absorbed the entire blast with his body and was mortally wounded. His heroic actions undoubtedly saved his comrades from further injury or possible death. Sgt. Foster's courage, extraordinary heroism, and unfaltering devotion to duty reflected great credit upon himself and the Marine Corps and upheld the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.MORE
In Honor of a TRUE American HeroPosted on 1/10/02 - by Doug SternerIn an act of heroism above and beyond the call of duty, this American gave his life so that others might live. We honor his memory and sacrifice by preserving the torch of liberty that has been passed to us.MORE
IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS BRAVE YOUNG UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS HERO WHOSE NAME SHALL LIVE FOREVER MORE<><><><> CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR <><><><>Posted on 3/20/01 - by CLAY MARSTONSERGEANTMORE
PAUL HELLSTROM FOSTER
served as an
ARTILLERY LIAISON OPERATIONS CHIEF
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS RESERVE
3rd MARINE DIVISION ( REINFORCED )
FLEET MARINE FORCE
and was a posthumous recipient of the
CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR
who rests in honored glory
in section V - 4764 in
GOLDEN GATE NATIONAL CEMETERY
SAN BRUNO, CALIFORNIA
<><><><> CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR <><><><>
NEAR CON THIEN
REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM
14 OCTOBER 1967
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The following is a newspaper account
of the preceding battle in which
SERGEANT PAUL HELLSTROM FOSTER
became a posthumous recipient of the
CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR
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BIG ENEMY FORCE ATTACKS
MARINES NEAR BUFFER ZONE
At Least 23 Americans Die South of Con Thien
--- 384 Artillery Rounds Pour In ---
SAIGON, South Vietnam,
Saturday, 14 October -
Five hundred North Vietnamese troops
attacked a United States Marine battalion near
the demilitarized zone today under cover
of the heaviest enemy shelling in nearly
four weeks, military spokesmen reported.
At least 23 Marines were reported killed and
36 wounded in the assault and the shelling.
The battalion was based south of Con Thien,
the Marine outpost that was held under
seige by enemy artillery last month.
United States spokesmen reported that the
ground fighting began before dawn, but
broke off later in the morning. American
planes and artillery struck back at the
attackers, but there was no report on
--- Foe Fires 384 Rounds ---
Enemy gunners struck the Marine
outpost with 384 rounds of artillery
in 24 hours, a Marine spokesman
at Da Nang said.
Damage reports were not available immediately.
After September 25, when North
Vietnamese gunners struck the Marine
outpost at Con Thien with over 1000
rounds of artillery fire, the month-long
siege of the outpost began tapering to
less than 100 rounds a day.
It was believed this morning that most
of the Marines' casualties had been
suffered in the ground fighting.
Unofficial reports said 20 of the 23
Marine dead and 21 of the 36 wounded
were victims of the ground assault.
CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR
was presented to his family
on 20 June 1969
The White House
President of the United States of America
Richard M. Nixon
Citation-CMHPosted on 10/3/99 - by Ex-Cpl Lee A. Coddens,USMC 2422248 firstname.lastname@example.orgDOUGLAS E. DICKEYMORE
Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
Private First Class Douglas E. Dickey
United States Marine Corps
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and
beyond the call of duty while serving with the Second Platoon, Company C,
First Battalion, Fourth Marines, Third Marine Division, in the Republic of
Vietnam on 26 March 1967. While participating in Operation BEACON HILL I,
the Second Platoon was engaged in a fierce battle with the Viet Cong at
close range in dense jungle foliage. Private First Class Dickey had come
forward to replace a radio operator who had been wounded in this intense
action and was being treated by a medical corpsman. Suddenly an enemy
grenade landed in the midst of a group of Marines, which included the
wounded radio operator who was immobilized. Fully realizing the inevitable
result of his actions, Private First Class Dickey, in a final valiant act,
quickly and unhesitatingly threw himself upon the deadly grenade, absorbing
with his own body the full and complete force of the explosion. Private
First Class Dickey's personal heroism, extraordinary valor and selfless
courage saved a number of his comrades from certain injury and possible
death at the cost of his own life. His actions reflected great credit upon
himself, the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly
gave his life for his country.
Lyndon B. Johnson
President of the United States
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