JOHN R DAWSON
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HONORED ON PANEL 28E, LINE 81 OF THE WALL

JOHN ROBERT DAWSON

WALL NAME

JOHN R DAWSON

PANEL / LINE

28E/81

DATE OF BIRTH

05/14/1944

CASUALTY PROVINCE

THUA THIEN

DATE OF CASUALTY

10/27/1967

HOME OF RECORD

ADRIAN

COUNTY OF RECORD

Lenawee County

STATE

MI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

2LT

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOHN ROBERT DAWSON
POSTED ON 10.27.2003
POSTED BY: Donald Lytle

Thank you Lieutenant Dawson

Although we never met personally, I want to thank you John Robert Dawson, for your courageous and valiant service, faithful contribution, and your most holy sacrifice given to this great country of ours!

Your Spirit is alive--and strong, therefore Sir, you shall never be forgotten, nor has your death been in vain!

Again, thank you Lieutenant J.R. Dawson, for a job exceptionally well done!

REST IN ETERNAL PEACE MY MARINE FRIEND


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POSTED ON 6.15.2001
POSTED BY: CLAY MARSTON

IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS HEROIC YOUNG UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS OFFICER WHOSE NAME SHALL LIVE FOREVER MORE ~~~~~ NAVY CROSS & SILVER STAR ~~~~~


2nd LIEUTENANT


JOHN ROBERT DAWSON



Service No. 0100987


served as a


FORWARD OBSERVER


with


BATTERY " G "

THIRD BATTALION

TWELFTH MARINES

THIRD MARINE DIVISION ( REINFORCED )


and was a posthumous recipient of the



~~~ NAVY CROSS ~~~


~~~ SILVER STAR ~~~


~~~ PURPLE HEART ~~~





~~~ SEMPER FIDELIS ~~~





YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN

NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE



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CITATION


FOR AWARD OF THE


NAVY CROSS


TO


2nd LIEUTENANT


JOHN ROBERT DAWSON



For extraordinary heroism while serving as a Forward Observer with

Battery G, Third Battalion, Twelfth Marines, Third Marine Division

( Reinforced ), in action against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam

on 27 October 1967. During Operation GRANITE, 2nd Lieutenant

Dawson was attached to Company B, First Battalion, Fourth Marines

during a search and destroy operation in Thua Thien Province. As the

company was moving down a narrow jungle trail, it suddenly came under

intense enemy fire from well-concealed North Vietnamese Army and

Viet Cong forces on three sides, sustaining immediate casualties, and

was temporarily pinned down by the heavy volume of automatic weapons

and small-arms fire and grenade attack. Although the enemy ambush

continued with relentless intensity, 2nd Lieutenant Dawson completely

disregarded his own safety as he dauntlessly moved from his position at

the rear of the platoon to the side of the company commander in the

foreground of the attack. After the two officers conferred to determine

how artillery could best be deployed against the enemy, 2nd Lieutenant

Dawson quickly called for and accurately adjusted supporting arms fire

on the enemy positions. While he continued to direct artillery fire, the

commanding officer was struck by an enemy round and fell to the ground,

exposed to further injury or possible death on the open trail. Quickly

obtaining a rifle, 2nd Lieutenant Dawson unhesitatingly positioned

himself by the side of his wounded comrade, using his own body as a

shield in an effort to protect him from the hostile fire. Exhibiting a

sincere concern for the welfare of his companion and a determined

fighting spirit, he courageously returned fire upon the enemy until

he was mortally wounded. His heroic action at the risk of his own

life was instrumental in saving the life of hs fellow Marine and

contributed significantly in repulsing the enemy force. By his

intrepid fighting spirit, daring initiative and selfless devotion to

duty, 2nd Lieutenant Dawson upheld the highest traditions of the

United States Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

He gallantly gave his life for his country.



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