NAVY CROSS MEDAL to
LANCE CORPORAL VERNON L. YARBER
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
Date Of Action: August 26, 1968
For extraordinary heroism while serving as a Squad Leader with Company L, Third Battalion, Third Marines, Third Marine Division in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the night of 26 August 1968, Corporal Yarber was occupying a listening post in front of his company's defensive position near the Rockpile in Quang Tri Province when the Marines came under a heavy volume of enemy mortar fire. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, he rapidly maneuvered his men to a relatively safe position from which to more effectively observe the surrounding area. Following the mortar attack, Corporal Yarber alertly detected a reinforced North Vietnamese Army platoon moving toward the Marine perimeter and, immediately directing his radio operator to inform his commanding officer of the impending attack, boldly led his small force in delivering a heavy volume of fire upon the hostile soldiers. When ordered to return to the perimeter, he unhesitatingly ordered his men to depart the listening post and, disregarding his own safety, fearlessly remained behind as he provided effective covering fire for his comrades. As the last man departed, Corporal Yarber attempted to withdraw from his isolated position and was mortally wounded. His daring initiative and heroic efforts inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in preventing a surprise attack on his company. By his courage, sincere concern for the welfare of his comrades, and steadfast devotion to duty, Corporal Yarber contributed significantly to the accomplishment of his unit's mission and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.