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  • Medal of Honor Citation

    Posted on 3/30/18 - by A US Marine, Quang Tri, Vietnam
    John Paul Bobo
    DATE OF BIRTH: February 14, 1943
    Niagara Falls, New York
    Buffalo, New York

    Medal of Honor
    DURING Vietnam War
    Service: Marine Corps
    Rank: Second Lieutenant
    Battalion: 3d Battalion
    Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein.) FMF
    The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant John Paul Bobo (MCSN: 0-92986), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 30 March 1967, while serving with the Company I, Third Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force in Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam. Company I was establishing night ambush sites when the command group was attacked by a reinforced North Vietnamese company supported by heavy automatic weapons and mortar fire. Second Lieutenant Bobo immediately organized a hasty defense and moved from position to position encouraging the outnumbered Marines despite the murderous enemy fire. Recovering a rocket launcher from among the friendly casualties, he organized a new launcher team and directed its fire into the enemy machinegun positions. When an exploding enemy mortar round severed Second Lieutenant Bobo's right leg below the knee, he refused to be evacuated and insisted upon being placed in a firing position to cover the movement of the command group to a better location. With a web belt around his leg serving as a tourniquet and with his leg jammed into the dirt to contain the bleeding, he remained in this position and delivered devastating fire into the ranks of the enemy attempting to overrun the Marines. Second Lieutenant Bobo was mortally wounded while firing his weapon into the main point of the enemy attack but his valiant spirit inspired his men to heroic efforts, and his tenacious stand enabled the command group to gain a protective position where it repulsed the enemy onslaught. Second Lieutenant Bobo's superb leadership, dauntless courage, and bold initiative reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
  • You Are Not Forgotten

    Posted on 7/17/17 - by Frank Foran
    Lt. Bobo Sir:
    Although we never met, you were my brother. Your death was a tragic loss for your family as well as our country. I pray that you are with God and your fellow Marines who also perished. You made the greatest sacrifice that anyone can make and for that I humbly say, thank you and Semper Fi.
  • You are not forgotten

    Posted on 7/16/17 - by Cathy Moore
    2LT. John Paul Bobo,
    Please know that your sacrifice will never be forgotten. The lives you saved as you gave your own, is the most anyone can ever give of themselves. May you rest in peace.
  • In Memory of Many, In Honor of All...

    Posted on 7/16/17 - by Curt Carter
    Dear 2LT John Paul Bobo, sir, and Captain Michael Peter Getlin, sir.

    Remembering each of you and those you served with. Although it has been more than 50 years, you are each remembered for the sacrifice you made to save your Marines.

    May America always remember, and may we never forget the true cost of what far too many take for granted in this wonderful country.

    With respect, Sirs
  • God Bless my friend.

    Posted on 6/10/17 - by Sam Bisignano
    I remember you often and speak to my children about what a great person you are. The brief time we spent together as friends is cherished. We served in Vietnam at different times and my only wish is that we could talk about it today. You are gone, but never forgotten. Rest in peace and know that you are missed and loved by your friends and family.
    Sam Bisignano
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