Mike & H&S Companies
Third Battalion, Fifth Marines
President of the United States takes pride in presenting the SILVER STAR MEDAL
HOWARD TAPSCOTT MANFRA, JR.
STATES MARINE CORPS
service as set forth in the following
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as an
Antitank Assault Squad Leader with Company M, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines,
First Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the
Republic of Vietnam. On 4 September 1967, Company M was conducting a search and
destroy operation when the Marines came under a heavy volume of mortar and
automatic weapons fire from a numerically superior North Vietnamese Army force.
Reacting instantly, Sergeant MANFRA skillfully deployed his team in positions
which gave them the most effective fields of fire into the camouflaged enemy
emplacements. Then, exposing himself to the intense hostile fire, he
unhesitatingly stood erect and alertly located two enemy emplacements. Seizing a
3.5 inch rocket launcher, he calmly fired one rocket which destroyed a North
Vietnamese mortar position and killed four enemy soldiers. Despite sustaining a
painful leg wound, he fearlessly stood up again and fired on a second target.
Although wounded again, he resolutely continued his determined efforts to
silence the hostile mortars by directing his teamís fire as he lay critically
wounded in his dangerously exposed position. While attempting to seek cover, he
was struck by enemy fire, which rendered him unconscious. His bold initiative
and and heroic efforts inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in
saving the lives of numerous Marines. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit
and unfaltering devotion to duty in the face of the Marine Corps and of the
United States Naval Service.
W. BUSE, JR.
LIEUTENANT GENERAL, U. S. MARINE CORPS
COMMANDING GENERAL, FLEET MARINE FORCE, PACIFIC