Mike & H&S Companies
Third Battalion, Fifth Marines
President of the United States takes pride in presenting the SILVER STAR MEDAL
SERGEANT ADAM J. BANKS, JR.
STATES MARINE CORPS
service as set forth in the following
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a
Platoon Sergeant with Company M, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine
Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of
Vietnam. On the evening of 8 November 1967, during Operation Essex in Quang Nam
Province, Company M came under intense small arms and mortar fire from a well
entrenched force of North Vietnamese Army Regulars and, in the ensuing
engagement, Staff Sergeant BANKS became separated from his platoon commander.
Realizing that many Marines had moved across a river on their right flank in
order to reach more advantageous positions, upon reaching the location, Staff
Sergeant BANKS unhesitatingly assumed command of the beleaguered force of
approximately seventy men and immediately began organizing a perimeter defense.
Skillfully deploying the Marines while shouting directions and words of
encouragement, he expeditiously consolidated his position and resolutely
prepared his men for a possible attack by the North Vietnamese soldiers. After
deploying his men to provide covering fire, Staff Sergeant BANKS disregarded his
own safety and moved forward of the small perimeter to move several wounded
comrades to the relative safety of his unitís location.
Subsequently, the North Vietnamese launched an aggressive attack on the
Marine position, utilizing small arms, hand grenades and mortar fire. Ignoring
the hostile fire around him, Staff Sergeant BANKS fearlessly moved across the
fire-swept terrain, directing the fire of his men and resupplying them with
ammunition. Largely due to his outstanding professional skill, the determined
enemy unit was forced to discontinue their attack and withdraw. Throughout the
remainder of the night, he moved among his men, ensuring that there was maximum
security and fire power to repulse any subsequent attacks. By his inspiring
leadership, calm presence of mind and unwavering devotion to duty, Staff
Sergeant BANKS contributed significantly to the defeat of the North Vietnamese
force and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United
States Naval Service.
GENERAL, U. S. MARINE CORPS
GENERAL, FLEET MARINE FORCE, PACIFIC