Bandelier, Howard Wayne, Jr., HM3

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
HM-8404-Medical Field Service Technician/FMF Combat Corpsman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Hospital Corpsman
Primary Unit
1967-1968, HM-8404, 1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3)
Service Years
1966 - 1968
HM-Hospital Corpsman

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Casualty Info
Home Town
New Haven, IN
Last Address
New Haven, IN

Casualty Date
Apr 17, 1968
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
IOOF Cemetery - New Haven, Indiana
Wall/Plot Coordinates
50E 025

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  1968, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2017, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2017, The National Gold Star Family Registry

 Tributes from Members  
Corpsman Up!!! posted by Daiute, Paul C., HM3 80
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 Duty Stations
1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3)
  1967-1968, HM-8404, 1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1960-1973 Vietnam War
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (67-68)/Operation Saline
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  VFW Howard W. Bandelier Post #2457 in New Haven IN is named in honor of Howard
  Enter the Navy July of 1966
  Dec 15, 1967, Vietnam Starting Tour Date
  Jun 22, 2012, General Photos2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified

Name of Award
Bronze Star
Gold Letter V  Gold Letter V  Awarded for distinguished actions in combat (valor)
Year Awarded 1968
Details behind Award:
For heroic achievement in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam while serving as a Corpsman with Company A, 1st Battalion, Third Marlines, Third Marine Division.

On 5 March, 1968, during Operation Saline II, Company A was engaging a search and clear mission near the village of Dai Do in Quang Tri Province when one of the platoon was pinned down by heavy enemy small arms and automatic weapons fire, wounding six Marines.
Ignorlng the heavy volume of hostile fire, Petty Officer Bandelier ran across the fire-swept
terrain to reach the injured men and pull them behind the cover of grave mounds. He then skillfully administered first aid and supervised their evacuation from the hazardous area, leaving only after ensuring that the causalities were moved to safety. 
When elements of his company were again pinned down in open terrain on the afternoon of
7 March by intense North Vietnamese fire near the village of Phu Tai, he crawled under the heavy
fire to administer first aid to two wounded men. During the final assault against enemy positions
in the village. Petty Officer Bandelier again moved to aid Marine seriously wounded and lying in an
exposed position in a rice paddy,
"Running through the hostile fire, he reached the man only to discover he bad been mortally wounded. When another Marine nearby was wounded, he crawled to the injured man, treated his
wounds and then supervised his evacuation to the company perimeter.
Throughout the night, he continued to comfort the casualties and provide medical treatment.
Petty Officer Bandelier's courage, outstanding professional skill and selfless devotion to duty at great personal risk were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
For The President,
T .H. Moorer 
Admiral, United State.Navy
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