MARWICK L KEMP
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HONORED ON PANEL 32W, LINE 55 OF THE WALL

MARWICK LEROY KEMP

WALL NAME

MARWICK L KEMP

PANEL / LINE

32W/55

DATE OF BIRTH

06/24/1945

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/18/1969

HOME OF RECORD

PENSACOLA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Escambia County

STATE

FL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

GSGT

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR MARWICK LEROY KEMP
POSTED ON 2.18.2012
POSTED BY: A Marine

Navy Cross Citation

Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Staff Sergeant Marwick L. Kemp (MCSN: 2017255), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as a 3.5' Rocket Squad Leader attached to Third Platoon, Company E, Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in the Republic of Vietnam on 21 March 1966. As the company was engaged in search and destroy operations against the communist insurgent forces in Quang Ngai Province, it moved across an open rice paddy area and approached to within thirty-five meters of a small village and was taken under fire from a large Viet Cong force emplaced in heavy fortifications and trench lines completely surrounding the village. The Third Platoon came under particularly devastating fire as it was completely exposed to the enemy's automatic weapons fire, mortar fire, and grenade attacks. Within seconds the platoon commander, the platoon sergeant, the platoon guide, and two rifle squad leaders had been wounded and were out of action. Sergeant Kemp moved to the commander's side and offered aid, but was instructed to take over the platoon and continue the attack. Exposing himself to intense enemy fire from several fortified positions, he quickly reorganized the squads. He then directed the continuation of the attack, exposing himself to urge his men forward until word came down from the company commander to withdraw from the village. Simultaneously directing fire on the enemy, conducting the evacuation of the wounded, and personally carrying other wounded back to safety, he unselfishly risked his life time after time to insure that the withdrawal was performed in an orderly manner and that each wounded man was brought back to safety. During this entire period, Sergeant Kemp performed his duties in a fashion that would be considered extremely exceptional for men of higher grade and experience. His tireless devotion to duty, his unswerving courage in the face of great danger, and his brilliant display of professional skill were responsible for the saving of many lives and were directly responsible for over sixty Viet Cong killed by his platoon. His actions upheld the finest traditions of the Marine Corp and the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals

Action Date: 21-Mar-66

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Company: Company E

Battalion: 2d Battalion

Regiment: 4th Marines

Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein.) FMF
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POSTED ON 1.11.2012

Remembered

(Photo Credit: Parris Curry) Rest in peace with the warriors.
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POSTED ON 12.22.2010
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Marwick is buried at Pensacola Memorial Gardens, Pensacola,FL. NC NCM PH
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POSTED ON 9.8.2003
POSTED BY: Joe Hancock

Most squared away Marine I met

Gunny Kemp and I served together in Nam and I was of 3 corpsman that attended him that day. He had the respect of all the Marines and was a tragic loss to Lima 3/26
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POSTED ON 8.24.2003
POSTED BY: Parris Curry

Thank You

To a Navy Cross medal recipient and a fine person, I grew up with Mark. We served together at Marine Brks, Jacksonville FL. We also served our second tours with the 26th Marines. Mark, you were my friend and I still miss you. May PEACE be with you my friend.
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