Mike & H&S Companies
Third Battalion, Fifth Marines
Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure is presenting the
EVERETT T. WOOD
service set forth in the following CITATION:
heroic achievement while serving as a Corpsman with Company M, Third Battalion,
Fifth Marines, First Marine Division in connection with operations against the
enemy in the Republic of Vietnam.
10 May 1968, while participating in Operation Houston, Company M came under a
heavy volume of sniper fire from a large North Vietnamese Army in Quang Nam
Province. During the ensuing fire
fight, numerous Marines were seriously wounded and several of them fell in areas
dangerously exposed to the hostile fire. With complete disregard for his own
safety, Hospitalman WOOD unhesitatingly left his cover position and fearlessly
maneuvered across the fire-swept terrain to the side of a wounded comrade.
Ignoring the enemy rounds impacting near him, he moved the casualty to a
position of relative safety and skillfully administered first aid to the man.
Continuing his determined efforts, he boldly exposed himself to the intense fire
on four subsequent occasions to retrieve and aid wounded Marines lying in the
hazardous area. Throughout the next four days, he skillfully provided continuous
medical care to numerous casualties until helicopters were able to land and
evacuate the wounded men. His sincere concern for the welfare of his comrades in
the face of extreme personal danger inspired all who observed him and were
instrumental in saving the lives of several wounded "Marines.
his courage, exceptional professionalism, and unwavering devotion to duty,
HOSPITALMAN WOOD upheld the finest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the
United States Naval Service."
WOOD is authorized to wear the Combat "V".
the Secretary of the Navy,
W. Buss, Jr.
Lieutenant General, U.S. MARINES CORPS
General, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific