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JOHN BRAXTON WOODALL


is honored on Panel 19E, Line 2 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Silver Star Citation

    Posted on 4/30/18 - by A US Marine, Quang Tri, Vietnam
    John B. Woodall
    DATE OF BIRTH: 26-Jun-43
    PLACE OF BIRTH:
    Chicago, Illinois
    HOME OF RECORD:
    Naperville, Illinois

    Silver Star
    AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
    DURING Vietnam War
    Service: Marine Corps
    Rank: First Lieutenant
    Battalion: 3d Battalion
    Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
    GENERAL ORDERS:
    CITATION:
    The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant John B. Woodall (MCSN: 0-93518), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Platoon Commander with Company K, Third Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in the Republic of Vietnam, on 30 April 1967. As First Lieutenant Woodall led his men in an assault on Hill 881, north of Khe Sanh, the Platoon was taken under devastating fire from machine guns and automatic rifles. The initial burst of enemy fire felled the two point men who were closest to the hidden bunker. Several attempts to reach the two critically wounded Marines were thwarted by a hail of deadly fire from the enemy position. Immediate medical attention was necessary to save their lives. With a total disregard for his own safety, First Lieutenant Woodall grabbed a rifle and placed accurate fire into the bunker. He then charged the bunker and killed both of its enemy occupants. From this position he laid down covering fire enabling the two Marines to be carried to safety. As he covered their withdrawal, First Lieutenant Woodall was mortally wounded by an enemy sniper. His heroic actions and unselfish devotion to the welfare of his men were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
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  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 6/27/16 - by Dennis Wriston
    First Lieutenant John Braxton Woodall, Served with Company K, 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, Third Marine Amphibious Force.
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  • Semper Fi, Lt.

    Posted on 4/30/14 - by A Marine, Quang Tri
  • We Remember

    Posted on 12/17/13 - by Robert Sage
    John is buried at Chapel Hill Gardens West Cemetery, Oakbrook Terrace,IL. Masonic Area, Lot 543, Sect C, grave 4
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/30/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear 1LT John Braxton Woodall, 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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