Mike & H&S Companies
Third Battalion, Fifth Marines
Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in presenting the NAVY COMMENDATION MEDAL
STEVEN DAVID COTTRELL
STATES MARINE CORPS
for service as set forth in the following
“For heroic achievement while serving as
a Radio Operator 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, Company M was conducting operations in
Quang Nam Province when it suddenly came under heavy automatic weapons fire and
mortar attack from a well entrenched North Vietnamese Army unit, scattering the
company and mortally wounding the company tactical radio operator.
Quickly assessing the situation, Corporal COTTRELL displayed exceptional
courage and composure as he exposed himself to hostile fire while running to the
fallen man and while vainly attempting to save the Marine’s life.
When the radio operator succumbed from his serious wounds, Corporal
COTTRELL immediately retrieved the radio and carried it to a covered position
where he exhibited outstanding technical skill by operating both the company and
battalion tactical nets. Working
calmly despite the continuous mortar barrage, he called all the scattered units
until he had reestablished company communications.
When he had accurately established the location of the separated
elements, Corporal COTTRELL skillfully advised each of its relative position and
coordinated the movement of the units to form a consolidated company perimeter.
Although continually exposed to enemy fire in order to better observe and
control the movements of the various elements of his company, he steadfastly
monitored the radio net and urged strong and coordinated efforts to repulse the
enemy. His rapid analysis of the
situation and his encouragement to isolated elements contributed materially to
the morale of the men and their ability to repulse the North Vietnamese assault.
By his bold initiative, sound judgment and unwavering devotion to duty at
great personal risk, Corporal COTTRELL was instrumental in preventing the enemy
from overrunning the Marines and upheld the finest traditions of the Marine
Corps and of the United States Naval Service.”
Corporal COTTRELL is authorized to wear
the Combat “V”.
THE Secretary of the Navy
GENERAL, U. S. MARINE CORPS COMMANDING GENERAL, FLEET MARINE FORCE, PACIFIC