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is honored on Panel 38W, Line 49 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Thank You

    Posted on 11/14/18 - by Lucy Micik
    Dear Lt David Garringer,
    Thank you for your service as an Infantry Officer. Your 50th anniversary is next week, sad. Happy Veterans' Day. It has been too long, and it's about time for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 2/20/18 - by Dennis Wriston
    Second Lieutenant David Frank Garringer, Served with the 3rd Platoon, Company H, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Third Marine Amphibious Force.
  • Tribute to a Marine Corp. Hero

    Posted on 3/26/14 - by Cpl. Thomas Bruzan
    I,was on the right side of Lt. when he got hit. The man truly had the heart of a lion,He was well deserving of the Medal of Honor.He would have been a great leader in whatever he tried to do This country sorely misses men like Frank! I know if I ever make it to heaven he won`t be hard to find,just follow the action thats where LT. wil be.
    SEMPER FI Your Brother TOM B.
  • Silver Star Citation

    Posted on 11/24/13 - by A Marine, USMC, Vietnam
    Silver Star
    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant David F. Garringer (MCSN: 0-104040), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Commander with Company H, Second Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 22 August 1968, Second Lieutenant Garringer's platoon was conducting a search and destroy operation in the village of Phu Dong in Quang Nham Province when the Marines came under a heavy volume of small arms and automatic weapons fire from a hostile force concealed in a tree line. Reacting instantly, Second Lieutenant Garringer initiated an aggressive assault upon the enemy emplacement, causing the enemy soldiers to attempt to break contact and withdraw. Observing one of the Viet Cong escaping down a trench line, he fearlessly pursued the man, disarmed him, and knocked him to the ground. Springing to his feet, the soldier pulled out a knife and stabbed Second Lieutenant Garringer in the chest. Second Lieutenant Garringer again disarmed the Viet Cong and knocked him to the ground. As the enemy reached for a grenade in his pocket, another Marine shot and killed him. Disregarding his own injury, Second Lieutenant Garringer resumed leading his men in pursuit of the Viet Cong force and while thus exposed to hostile fire, was wounded in the thigh. Ignoring the pain of his wounds and loss of blood, he refused medical attention until all casualties had been collected in a protected area and a defensive perimeter established. On 24 November 1968, the company was participating in a cordon maneuver during Operation MEADE RIVER when the Marines became heavily engaged with a large North Vietnamese Army force occupying fortified positions in a tree line. Skillfully maneuvering his men into the tree line, Second Lieutenant Garringer continually exposed himself to the hostile fire as he moved from one squad to another directing their fire, thereby ensuring the destruction of three bunkers and the silencing of most of the enemy fire. Second Lieutenant Garringer was carrying a casualty, when he was wounded by small arms fire. Ignoring his injury, he resolutely continued carrying the injured man to the rear area. When the artillery fire ceased, he again initiated an aggressive assault against the hostile emplacements and, while moving about the fire-swept area encouraging his men and directing their maneuvers, was mortally wounded. His heroic and timely actions inspired all who observed him and contributed significantly to the accomplishment of his unit's mission. By his exceptional courage, bold leadership and unwavering devotion to duty, Second Lieutenant Garringer upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
    Action Date: 22-Aug-68

    Service: Marine Corps

    Rank: Second Lieutenant

    Company: Company H

    Battalion: 2d Battalion

    Regiment: 7th Marines

    Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/1/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear 2LT David Frank Garringer, sir

    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

    Curt Carter
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