Three Vietnam War veterans were awarded the Bronze Star Medal on Friday, June 24 on the parade deck aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, following the recruit graduation ceremony. The veterans were recognized fifty-four years after their valiant actions in the war.
John Ligato III and Larry D. Lewis, who served as riflemen, and Michael B. Ker, who served as a corpsman with Alpha Company, First Battalion, First Marine Division, received the awards for their heroic achievements in combat during the Battle of Hue City from January 31 to February 5, 1968. During the battle, now regarded as the longest and bloodiest of the Vietnam War, all three men showed great courage under fire and unwavering dedication to duty as they fought house-to-house in the streets of Hue City. The award citations credit all three men with putting themselves in the line of enemy fire to complete their mission as well as rescue their fallen comrades.
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