SYLVESTER V SEKNE
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HONORED ON PANEL 27W, LINE 67 OF THE WALL

SYLVESTER VICTOR SEKNE

WALL NAME

SYLVESTER V SEKNE

PANEL / LINE

27W/67

DATE OF BIRTH

12/31/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/12/1969

HOME OF RECORD

CLEVELAND

COUNTY OF RECORD

Cuyahoga County

STATE

OH

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

LCPL

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Contact Details

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR SYLVESTER VICTOR SEKNE
POSTED ON 4.12.2012
POSTED BY: A Marine

Silver Star Citation

Silver Star

Awarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lance Corporal Sylvester Sekne (MCSN: 2367097), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Squad Leader with Company E, Second Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 12 April 1969, during Operation OKLAHOMA HILLS, Lance Corporal Sekne's platoon was moving down a hill when the point squad came under intense hostile machine gun fire and sustained several casualties. Rapidly analyzing the situation, Lance Corporal Sekne began maneuvering his squad toward the hostile emplacement, then, realizing the urgent need for silencing the enemy fire, he quickly moved past his men, and fearlessly throwing hand grenades and firing his rifle, he destroyed the hostile machine gun position. While cautiously deploying his men through the area as they searched for additional enemy positions, Lance Corporal Sekne and his squad came under a heavy volume of hostile sniper fire. Observing a Marine positioned in the direct line of the enemy fire, he unhesitatingly exposed himself to the hostile fire as he pushed the man to safety and was mortally wounded as a result of his valiant act. His heroic and timely actions inspired all who observed him and contributed significantly to the accomplishment of his unit's mission. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and selfless devotion to duty, Lance Corporal Sekne upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Action Date: April 12, 1969

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Lance Corporal

Company: Company E

Battalion: 2d Battalion

Regiment: 7th Marines

Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
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POSTED ON 4.12.2012
POSTED BY: A Marine

Semper Fi

Semper Fi, Marine.
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POSTED ON 5.5.2010
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Sylvester is buried at All Souls Cemetery in Chardon, OH. PH/GS
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POSTED ON 9.9.2006
POSTED BY: Dan DeLa Rosa

Lest We Forget

Sylvester will be honored at the Ohio Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Park in Akron, Ohio. You Are Not Forgotten. www.hack1966.com/memorial
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POSTED ON 11.11.2003

Friend

Good Marine. I was with him when he died. Looking for Jim Starr. He was there too.
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