President of the United States takes pride in presenting the SILVER STAR MEDAL
FIRST CLASS THOMAS HAYDEN MURPHY, JR.
STATES MARINE CORPS
service as set forth in the following
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with
60mm Mortar Section, Company L, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine
Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of
Vietnam. On 31 July 1968, during Operation Mameluke Thrust, Company L became
heavily engaged with a large enemy force while occupying a night defensive
position in Quang Nam Province. As his mortar squad prepared for a fire mission,
a hostile hand grenade suddenly landed next to Private First Class MURPHY.
Realizing the danger to his companions, he unhesitatingly retrieved the lethal
object and hurled it toward the hostile soldiers. Although the grenade detonated
only seconds after being thrown, Private First Class MURPHY’s quick action and
sincere concern for his fellow Marines prevented his squad from sustaining any
casualties. By his courage, bold initiative and selfless devotion to duty in the
face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class MURPHY upheld the highest
traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
W. BUSE, JR.
GENERAL, U. S. MARINE CORPS
COMMANDING GENERAL, FLEET MARINE FORCE, PACIFIC