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JOSE B CISNEROS


is honored on Panel 21W, Line 106 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of CPL Jeffrey M. Barron

    Posted on 11/1/17 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    Fire Support Bases Neville and Russell were U.S. Marine Corps bases west of Cam Lo in Quang Tri Province, RVN, with Neville the westernmost of the two. In late February 1969, Neville was occupied by Golf Battery 3/12 with Hotel Company, 2/4 as a security force. Five miles to the east, FSB Russell had Hotel and Mortar Battery, 3/12, and elements of 2/4 as a security force, primarily Echo 2/4, but also elements of H&S Company. In the early morning hours of February 25, 1969, both bases were hit hard by NVA sappers—about 200 from the 246th NVA Regiment at Neville, and an equal number from the 27th NVA Regiment at Russell. In each case, the attacks began with heavy mortar fire and supporting artillery fire from within the DMZ, followed by a ground attack clearly intended to destroy the artillery pieces in their gun pits. In both instances, the enemy partially overran the base, and in each case the Marines drove them out again. When the sun rose, the Marines had over three dozen dead and 100+ wounded, while there were 61 enemy bodies inside the two perimeters, but the guns sustained no serious damage and were firing. The 13 Americans killed at FSB Neville were HM2 Walter P. Seel Jr. (posthumously awarded the Silver Star Medal), CPL Jeffrey M. Barron (Silver Star), LCPL Thomas H. Mc Grath, (Silver Star), CPL Gerald D. Zawadzki, LCPL Steven V. Garcia, PFC Raymond L. Flint, PFC Walter L. Lamarr, PFC Samuel C. Macon, PFC David A. Mallory, PFC Royce E. Roe, PFC Carey W. Smith, PFC Willie F. Smith, and PFC Michael L. Zappia. There were 27 Marines and 3 Navy corpsmen killed at FSB Russell; 18 were infantrymen from 2/4, and 9 were artillerymen from 3/12. The three Navymen included HM3 John M. Sullivan, HM2 Kenneth Davis, and HN Donald K. Walsh. The lost Marines were PFC Robert H. Brogan, PFC Robert A. Coffey, PFC Odell Dickens, PFC Douglas B. Forsberg, PFC Juan Gaston, LCPL Kenneth R. Gilliam, PVT Michael A. Harvey, 2LT William H. Hunt, PFC Michael L. Jenkins, LCPL Norman W. Kellum, LCPL Donald R. Lewis, LCPL Larry W. Liss, LCPL James D. Logan, PFC Robert A. McCarthy, CPL Tommy N. Miller, PFC James D. Peschel, LCPL Gerald Przybylinski, PFC Randolph R. Ramsey, PFC David L. Rutgers, LCPL Bruce A Saunders, PFC Allen M. Sharp, LCPL Larry J. Sikorski, PFC Norman R. Surprenant, PFC Robert H. Trail III, PFC James E. Tucker, and PFC George W. Weldy Jr. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and virtualwall.org]
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  • Remembered

    Posted on 12/3/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    DEAR CORPORAL BARRON,
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATOR. SEMPER FI. WATCH OVER THE U.S.A., IT STILL NEEDS YOUR COURAGE. ADVENT IS HERE, AND CHRISTMAS IS APPROACHING. WE ARE THANKFUL FOR YOU. THE NEW YEAR IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER, WHICH MAKES IT FAR TOO LONG FOR YOU TO HAVE BEEN GONE. GOD BLESS YOU. MAY THE SAINTS AND ANGELS BE AT YOUR SIDE. REST IN PEACE.
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  • Semper Fi

    Posted on 2/25/15 - by A Marine, 12th Marines, Quang Tri, Vietnam, 1969
    Semper Fi, Corporal.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 12/16/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear CPL Jeffrey Michael Barron, 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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  • Silver Star Citation (Full)

    Posted on 2/24/11 - by A Marine
    Silver Star

    Awarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Corporal Jeffrey M. Barron (MCSN: 2296415), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, Third Battalion, Twelfth Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. In the early morning hours of 25 February 1969, Battery G was occupying a position at Fire Support Base Neville near the Rockpile in Quang Tri Province when the base came under intense mortar and rocket fire supporting a fierce ground assault by a large North Vietnamese Army force which subsequently penetrated the friendly perimeter. Reacting instantly, Corporal Barron manned a fighting position and commenced firing at the advancing enemy. Although painfully wounded, he directed his section to advantageous firing positions and fearlessly maneuvered back to the emplacement to ensure the security of his howitzer. Undaunted by a second severe wound, Corporal Barron moved from one position to another, encouraging his men and directing their fire against the enemy. When a hand grenade impacted nearby, wounding him for the third time and rendering him immobile, he remained calm and continued to supervise the actions of his men until he succumbed to his wounds. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and unwavering devotion to duty, Corporal Barron inspired all who observed him and 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: 25-Feb-69

    Service: Marine Corps

    Rank: Corporal

    Company: Company G

    Battalion: 3d Battalion

    Regiment: 12th Marines

    Division: 3d Marine Division, FMF
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