OLLIE FORTE
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HONORED ON PANEL 58W, LINE 25 OF THE WALL

OLLIE FORTE

WALL NAME

OLLIE FORTE

PANEL / LINE

58W/25

DATE OF BIRTH

04/02/1938

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/11/1968

HOME OF RECORD

RALEIGH

COUNTY OF RECORD

Wake County

STATE

NC

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

SSGT

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Contact Details

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR OLLIE FORTE
POSTED ON 10.1.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Ssgt Ollie Forte,
Thank you for your service as an Infantry Unit Leader. It is now fall, and as the seasons pass, it is important to remember you all. 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.
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POSTED ON 6.9.2018
POSTED BY: Jacqueline Smith

We Remember You

I remember Forte from Marine Barracks, Naval Base Sasebo, Japan, where my husband was also stationed. Forte was one of the finest examples of a Marine that the Corps could ask for. He was a gentleman and we were so saddened when we learned of his passing. We were not surprised to learn he was awarded the Silver Star. RIP Ollie.
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POSTED ON 4.15.2016
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SSGT Ollie Forte, 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, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 6.11.2014
POSTED BY: A Marine, USMC, Vietnam

Silver Star Citation

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 Staff Sergeant Ollie Forte (MCSN: 1803556), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Sergeant with Company L, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 11 June 1968, while participating in Operation Mameluke Thrust in Quang Nam Province, Staff Sergeant FORTE'S platoon suddenly came under intense small arms and automatic weapon's fire from a large, well entrenched North Vietnamese Army force. Reacting instantly, he skillfully maneuvered his men to more advantageous positions and commenced directing the delivery of a heavy volume of suppressive fire upon the enemy emplacements. Fearlessly exposing himself to the hostile fire, he boldly moved from one position to another, shouting words of encouragement to his men and directing their fire. After ensuring that casualties were evacuated, he deployed his platoon on line and commenced an assault against the North Vietnamese positions. Completely disregarding his own safety, he aggressively led the Marines in a determined attack across the fire-swept terrain, and as his unit reached the objective, he was mortally wounded. His bold initiative and heroic actions inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in forcing the enemy to flee in panic and confusion. By his courage, outstanding leadership and unwavering devotion to duty, Staff Sergeant FORTE upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country.
Action Date: 11-Jun-68

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Company: Company L

Battalion: 3d Battalion

Regiment: 5th Marines

Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
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POSTED ON 10.2.2012
POSTED BY: Jim and Tom Reece and Rosa KIng

Salute to a Fellow Tar Heel Veteran

You gave your life for your country and for this we Salute You.

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