The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the
SILVER STAR MEDAL to
SgtMaj TED E. McCLINTOCK
United States Marine Corps
For service as set forth in the following
" The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Sergeant Major Ted Ernest McClintock, United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Sergeant Major of the Third Marines, Third Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 15 January 1969, Sergeant Major McClintock accompanied the regimental commander during an assault against hostile forces occupying well-fortified emplacements in mountainous terrain near An Hoa in Quang Nam Province. After capably assisting his commanding officer in assembling his units for the attack against the enemy, Sergeant McClintock boarded a helicopter with the command group in order to better observe the operation. During the ensuing reconnaissance, it became necessary for the aircraft to descend, and while hovering over a rapidly prepared landing zone, it came under a heavy volume of automatic weapons fire from several enemy positions. Disregarding the intense hostile fire, Sergeant Major McClintock calmly maintained an exposed position in the doorway of the helicopter, quickly relaying vital information to his commander until the aircraft crashed in the landing zone, killing all of the occupants. By his courage, resolute determination and unfaltering devotion to duty, Sergeant Major McClintock contributed significantly to the accomplishment of his unit's mission and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country."