In the name of the President of the United States, the Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific takes pleasure in presenting the BRONZE STAR MEDAL to
SERGEANT CHARLES E. LOWRIE
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
for service as set forth in the following
"For meritorious service in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam while serving as an Assault Section Squad Leader from 28 October 1966 to 24 March 1967 and as Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of Company Supply from 25 March to 4 June 1967 with Company K, Third Battalion, Third Marines, Third Marine Division. During this period, Sergeant LOWRIE exhibited outstanding leadership and military proficiency. As Assault Section Squad Leader, Sergeant LOWRIE participated in Operation Prairie I, II, III and Khe Sanh, and directed his squad in extensive patrolling, field fortification construction, training and numerous other tasks. Displaying exceptional professional skill and resourcefulness, Sergeant LOWRIE maintained his squad at a high level of combat readiness. Exposed to enemy fire on numerous occasions, he led his men skillfully and aggressively with complete disregard for his own safety. On 11 November 1966 during a search and clear operation in the vicinity of Mutter's Ridge in Quang Tri Province, his platoon came under intense enemy automatic weapons fire from an entrenched North Vietnamese Army force. Unhesitatingly, Sergeant LOWRIE maneuvered his squad into an effective firing position and directed accurate fire against the enemy, enabling assault elements to advance and destroy the hostile position. Reassigned as Company Supply Noncommissioned Officer on 25 March 1967, he continued to perform his duties in an exemplary and highly professional manner. By close coordination with each platoon and detailed record keeping, Sergeant LOWRIE established and maintained an efficient supply system within the company. His diligence and determination inspired all who observed him and contributed significantly to the accomplishment of his unit's mission. Sergeant LOWRIE'S exceptional professional skill, tireless initiative and selfless devotion to duty throughout were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service."
Sergeant LOWRIE is authorized to the Combat "V".
For the President,
V. H. KRULAK
LIEUTENANT GENERAL, U. S. MARINE CORPS
COMMANDING GENERAL, FLEET MARINE FORCE, PACIFIC