DAVID W SKIBBE
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HONORED ON PANEL 13W, LINE 75 OF THE WALL

DAVID WILLIAM SKIBBE

WALL NAME

DAVID W SKIBBE

PANEL / LINE

13W/75

DATE OF BIRTH

10/22/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/02/1970

HOME OF RECORD

DES PLAINES

COUNTY OF RECORD

Cook County

STATE

IL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

2LT

STATUS

MIA

ASSOCIATED ITEMS LEFT AT THE WALL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR DAVID WILLIAM SKIBBE
POSTED ON 6.27.2017
POSTED BY: Lynn Howard

P O W Bracelet

I have the POW bracelet for David W. Skibbe. I would love to give it back to his family if possible. Please contact me at the E-mail address below.
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POSTED ON 5.29.2017

Memorial Day

I served with LT.Dave in Nam, Great leader and Friend.Rip. LT. Never to be Forgotten.R.Frost
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POSTED ON 5.28.2017

The Basic School

Dave was in my Basic School platoon ("I" Company, 9/69). All of us thought of him as a good Marine and leader. Most of us ranked him at the top of our peer evaluations. Unless I am mistaken, he was the only officer in our class that was killed in Vietnam. He was truly a "gung-ho" Marine.
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POSTED ON 3.2.2017
POSTED BY: A US Marine, Vietnam

Navy Cross

David William Skibbe
Date of birth: October 22, 1946
Date of death: March 2, 1970
Home of record: Des Plaines Illinois
Status: KIA

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant David William Skibbe (MCSN: 0-108861), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Platoon Commander with Company C, First Reconnaissance Battalion, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 2 March 1970, while Second Lieutenant Skibbe was leading a patrol deep in enemy-controlled territory, the team came under a heavy volume of fire from a large hostile force. During the initial moments of the engagement, Second Lieutenant Skibbe observed a wounded man fall in a forward position, and unhesitatingly placed himself between the casualty and enemy soldiers to deliver intense covering fire which forced the enemy momentarily to break contact and enabled the Marines to move the wounded man to a more secure location. While the radio operator was requesting fixed-wing air support, the enemy launched a ground assault in an attempt to overrun the Marine position. Despite the hostile rounds impacting around him, Second Lieutenant Skibbe exposed himself to the enemy fire to direct the defensive activities of his men and, while thus engaged, was severely wounded in the ankle. Although suffering intense pain and unable to walk, he nevertheless skillfully directed the bombing and strafing runs of supporting aircraft with such accuracy that the hostile soldiers broke contact and retreated, thereby enabling a medical evacuation helicopter to come to a safe hover overhead. As Second Lieutenant Skibbe was being hoisted toward the aircraft, the hoist apparatus sustained a malfunction, and he was mortally injured when he fell to the ground. His heroic and determined actions throughout this mission contributed significantly to the defeat of the numerically superior enemy force. By his courage, valiant leadership, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of grave personal danger, Second Lieutenant Skibbe 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.

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

Action Date: March 2, 1970

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Company: Company C

Battalion: 1st Reconnaissance Battalion

Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.) FMF
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POSTED ON 3.2.2017

Never Forgotten

What a Great Man to Have Served with. Rip LT. SF.
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