MARVIN G SHIELDS
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HONORED ON PANEL 2E, LINE 7 OF THE WALL

MARVIN GLEN SHIELDS

WALL NAME

MARVIN G SHIELDS

PANEL / LINE

2E/7

DATE OF BIRTH

12/30/1939

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NGAI

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/10/1965

HOME OF RECORD

PORT TOWNSEND

COUNTY OF RECORD

Jefferson County

STATE

WA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

CMA3

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR MARVIN GLEN SHIELDS
POSTED ON 8.4.2016
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of CMA3 Marvin G. Shields

During the night of June 9, 1965, a paramilitary Civilian Irregular Defense Group (CIDG) camp and adjacent district headquarters compound just west of Dong Xoai in Phuoc Long Province came under attack. Most of Seabee Team 1104 had arrived from Tay Ninh City a few days earlier to improve the CIDG camp. For the next fourteen hours, Seabees, Special Forces troops, and advisers fought alongside their allies against an overwhelming enemy. Following an intense mortar barrage, the attackers breached the barbed wire defenses, overran the CIDG compound, and penetrated the district headquarters compound. The surviving Americans and some South Vietnamese held out in the district headquarters building, calling in air strikes. One wounded Seabee, Construction Mechanic Third Class Marvin G. Shields, carried the seriously wounded Special Forces commander from one of the defensive berms to the district headquarters building. Then Shields and a Special Forces officer, 2LT Charles Q. Williams, second in command of the Special Forces detachment, manning a 3.5-inch rocket launcher, destroyed a Viet Cong machine-gun position. Shields was wounded again and later died aboard an evacuation helicopter. By then most of the Americans had been picked up by U.S. Army helicopters. Two of the Seabees, who had become separated during the fighting, were later found by a South Vietnamese Army relief force still holding out in the area. For a time, the 173d Airborne Brigade was poised to intervene, but the enemy withdrawal eliminated the need. [Taken from Engineers at War by Adrian G. Traas]
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POSTED ON 5.23.2016
POSTED BY: william watts cm2

you made us proud to be a sea bee

spent 68-69 in nam . fought for you and our country.
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POSTED ON 5.3.2016
POSTED BY: Bob Ahles, Vietnam Vet, St. Cloud, MN

Peace with Honor

You were one of the brave that answered the call. You honored us by your service and sacrifice. We now honor you each time we stand and sing the words “THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE”. Rest in Peace and Honor Marvin.
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POSTED ON 6.10.2015
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Vet

Medal of Honor Citation

Marvin Glen Shields
Date of birth: December 30, 1939
Date of death: June 10, 1965
Burial location: Gardiner, Washington
Place of Birth: Washington, Port Townsend
Home of record: Seattle Washington
Status: KIA

Marvin Shields is the only member of the U.S. Navy's Seebeas to be awarded the Medal of Honor in history.
AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Medal of Honor

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Construction Mechanic Third Class Marvin Glen Shields (NSN: 3904693), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Seabee Team 1104, Mobile Construction Battalion Eleven, near Dong Xoai, Republic of Vietnam, on 10 June 1965. Although wounded when the compound of Detachment A-342, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, came under intense fire from an estimated reinforced Viet Cong regiment employing machineguns, heavy weapons and small arms, Construction Mechanic Third Class Shields continued to resupply his fellow Americans who needed ammunition and to return the enemy fire for a period of approximately three hours, at which time the Viet Cong launched a massive attack at close range with flame-throwers, hand grenades and small-arms fire. Wounded a second time during this attack, Shields nevertheless assisted in carrying a more critically wounded man to safety, and then resumed firing at the enemy for four more hours. When the commander asked for a volunteer to accompany him in an attempt to knock out an enemy machinegun emplacement which was endangering the lives of all personnel in the compound because of the accuracy of its fire, Shields unhesitatingly volunteered for this extremely hazardous mission. Proceeding toward their objective with a 3.5-inch rocket launcher, they succeeded in destroying the enemy machinegun emplacement, thus undoubtedly saving the lives of many of their fellow servicemen in the compound. Construction Mechanic Third Class Shields was mortally wounded by hostile fire while returning to his defensive position. His heroic initiative and great personal valor in the face of intense enemy fire sustain and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.

Action Date: 10-Jun-65

Service: Navy

Rank: Construction Mechanic Third Class

Company: Seabee Team 1104

Battalion: Mobile Construction Battalion 11
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POSTED ON 7.24.2013
POSTED BY: Duane Necessary

Thank you brother!

I am a Seabee veteran a cm2 Marvin is huge hero of mine. I even spent a few deployment on Camp Marvin Shields. Thanks to all who served.
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