JOHN M AVERY
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HONORED ON PANEL 40W, LINE 59 OF THE WALL

JOHN MARK AVERY

WALL NAME

JOHN M AVERY

PANEL / LINE

40W/59

DATE OF BIRTH

08/06/1937

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

10/30/1968

HOME OF RECORD

COTTONDALE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Tuscaloosa County

STATE

AL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

GSGT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOHN MARK AVERY
POSTED ON 10.30.2018
POSTED BY: A US Marine, Vietnam

Silver Star Citation

John Mark Avery

Silver Star
AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
DURING Vietnam War
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Gunnery Sergeant
Battalion: 1st Amphibian Tractor Battalion
Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
GENERAL ORDERS:

CITATION:
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Gunnery Sergeant John Mark Avery (MCSN: 1518220), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Sergeant with Company B, 1st Amphibian Tractor Battalion, FIRST Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 25 October 1968, Gunnery Sergeant Avery was aboard the lead vehicle in a column of amphibian tractors transporting an infantry unit when the Marines came under a heavy volume of fire from a large hostile force. Unhesitatingly exposing himself to the intense fire, Gunnery Sergeant Avery immediately manned a machine gun and commenced delivering suppressive fire upon the enemy emplacements. Ignoring the hostile rounds impacting near him, he maneuvered his vehicle to the flank of the enemy's position and continued to deliver a heavy volume of fire which forced the hostile soldiers to flee in panic and confusion. Later that day, his amphibian tractor detonated an enemy explosive device and burst into flames, seriously wounding Gunnery Sergeant Avery. Disregarding his painful injuries, he directed his men in establishing a defensive perimeter to provide security for the remaining vehicles and supervised them in assisting a Marine that was trapped inside the burning amphibian tractor. Steadfastly remaining alert, he continued his determined efforts until he was medically evacuated. His timely aid and heroic actions inspired all who observed him and contributed significantly to the accomplishment of his unit's mission. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and unwavering devotion to duty, Gunnery Sergeant Avery upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
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POSTED ON 8.6.2018
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Gunnery Sergeant John Mark Avery, Served with Company B, 3rd Amphibious Tractor Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Third Marine Amphibious Force.
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POSTED ON 5.4.2018
POSTED BY: jerry sandwiscch wood cty.ohio nam vet 1969-70 army 173rd abn bde

You are not forgotten

The war may be forgotten but the warrior will always be remembered. All gave Some-Some gave All. Rest in peace John.
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POSTED ON 10.31.2017
POSTED BY: Gene McCandless

Served in same platoon with Gunny Avery

We will always remember that fateful day that took Pfc Billy Scott, Cpl Esposito and you not too far from our compound at 2/1. And, we will always remember the "shaving inspection" you sprung on us..

We remember our fallen Marines and hope that Scott and Esposito are at peace with you in a far better place than 25 October 1968.

Semper Fidelis, Marine!
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POSTED ON 10.13.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR GUNNERY SERGEANT AVERY,
THANKS FOR BEING AN ASSAULT AMPHIBIOUS VEHICLE CREWMAN. SEMPER FI. WE ARE CELEBRATING COLUMBUS DAY, AND THE DISCOVERY THAT LED TO US BEING IN AMERICA. THANK YOU FOR PROTECTING AMERICA. REST IN PEACE.
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