Ouellet, David George, SN Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Seaman
Last Primary Designator/NEC
SN-9700-Seaman - Infantry, Gun Crews, and Seamanship Specialists
Last Rating/NEC Group
Seaman
Last Duty Station
1967-1967, SN-9700, Commander Naval Forces Vietnam (COMNAVFORV)
Service Years
1964 - 1967
Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Golden Dragon
SN-Seaman

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Home State
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Year of Birth
1944
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Newton
Last Address
WELLESLEY

Casualty Date
Mar 06, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Location
Vietnam
Conflict
Vietnam War*/Forward Operating Bases/Ships/Multiple River Patrols
Location of Interment
Woodlawn Cemetery - Wellesley, Massachusetts
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Panel 16E Line 030

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Cold War Medal Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Order of the Golden Dragon Vietnam Combat Craft Crewmember Badge



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 Duty Stations
Recruit Training Center (RTC)/RTC Great LakesUS NavyFormal SchoolsVietnam Riverine Units/USN River Patrol Force - Task Force 116 (TF-116)
Vietnam Riverine UnitsRiver Section 532USN River Patrol Force - Task Force 116 (TF-116)/River Squadron 5 (RIVRON-5)Commander Naval Forces Vietnam (COMNAVFORV)
  1964-1964, SA-0000, Recruit Training Center (RTC)/RTC Great Lakes
  1964-1966, SN-9700, ACDIV 12
  1966-1966, SN-9700, Small Craft/LCAC Schools/Patrol Craft Operation Riverine Enviornment
  1966-1967, SN-9700, USN River Patrol Force - Task Force 116 (TF-116)/My Tho Det
  1966-1967, SN-9700, Vietnam Riverine Units
  1966-1967, River Section 532
  1966-1967, USN River Patrol Force - Task Force 116 (TF-116)/River Squadron 5 (RIVRON-5)
  1967-1967, SN-9700, Commander Naval Forces Vietnam (COMNAVFORV)
 Colleges Attended 
Wellesley College
  1958-1960, Wellesley College
 Recruit Training - Trainee/Instructor
  1964, Recruit Training Command (RTC Great Lakes, IL), ???
 Combat and Operations History
  1966-1967 Vietnam War*/Counteroffensive Phase II
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

                   PBR-124, RIVDIV 53, TF 116, USNAVFORV


David G. Ouellet Seaman, United States Navy 1944 - 1967 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- David George Ouellet was born in Newton, Massachusetts, on June 13, 1944, son of Chester J. and Elizabeth E. Ouellet. He graduated from Hardy School, Wellesley, Massachusetts, in 1958; attended Wellesley Junior High School; and subsequently was employed by the Alfred Fisher Trucking Company in Wellesley. On July 28, 1964 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy at Boston, Massachusetts, and had recruit training at the Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Illinois. Completing his training in October 1964, he joined Assault Craft Division TWELVE, and while attached to that division served for five months in 1965 in the Vietnam era. Between June and August 1966he had river patrol boat training at the Naval Schools Command, Vallejo, California, after which he had trining at the Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, California. On September 21, 1966 he reported for duty with River Squadron FIVE and was attached to My Tho Detachment 532 of that squadron and at the time of his death on March 6, 1967. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor and was also awarded the Purple Heart Medal for wounds received in enemy action.

   
Comments/Citation

                                          USS Ouellet (FF-1077)

                                  

             


The USS Ouellet - FF-1077 was named after this individual Seaman David G. Ouellet, United States Navy For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with River Section 532, in combat against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. As the forward machine gunner on River Patrol Boat (PBR) 124, which was on patrol on the Mekong River during the early evening hours of 6 March 1967, Seaman Ouellet observed suspicious activity near the river bank, alerted his Boat Captain, and recommended movement of the boat to the area to investigate. While the PBR was making a high-speed run along the river bank, Seaman Ouellet spotted an incoming enemy grenade falling toward the boat. He immediately left the protected position of his gun mount and ran aft for the full length of the speeding boat, shouting to his fellow crew members to take cover. Observing the Boat Captain standing unprotected on the boat, Seaman Ouellet bounded onto the engine compartment cover, and pushed the Boat Captain down to safety. In the split second that followed the grenade's landing, and in the face of certain death, Seaman Ouellet fearlessly placed himself between the deadly missile and his shipmates, courageously absorbing most of the blast fragments with his own body in order to protect his shipmates from injury and death. His extraordinary heroism and his selfless and courageous actions on behalf of his comrades at the expense of his own life were in the finest tradition of the United States Naval Service.


Medal of Honor

Awarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Seaman David George Ouellet (NSN: 9130691), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on the Mekong River, Republic of Vietnam, on 6 March 1967. As the forward machine gunner on River Patrol Boat (PBR) 124, River Squadron 5, My Tho Detachment, which was on patrol during the early evening hours, Seaman Ouellet observed suspicious activity near the river bank, alerted his boat captain, and recommended movement of the boat to the area to investigate. While the PBR was making a high-speed run along the river bank, Seaman Ouellet spotted an incoming enemy grenade falling toward the boat. He immediately left the protected position of his gun mount and ran aft for the full length of the speeding boat, shouting to his fellow crewmembers to take cover. Observing the boat captain standing unprotected on the boat, Seaman Ouellet bounded on to the engine compartment cover, and pushed the boat captain down to safety. In the split second that followed the grenade's landing, and in the face of certain death, Seaman Ouellet fearlessly placed himself between the deadly missile and his shipmates, courageously absorbing most of the blast fragments with his body in order to protect his shipmates from injury and death. His extraordinary heroism and his selfless and courageous actions on behalf of his comrades at the expense of his life were in the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.

Action Date: 6-Mar-67

Service: Navy

Rank: Seaman

Company: River Patrol Boat PBR-124

Regiment: River Squadron 5

Division: My Tho Detachment

 

   
 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesMilitary Order of the Purple HeartVeterans of the Vietnam WarVietnam Veterans Memorial
  1961, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States
  1967, Military Order of the Purple Heart - Assoc. Page
  1967, Veterans of the Vietnam War
  1980, Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Assoc. Page
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