The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the

SILVER STAR MEDAL to

SERGEANT ROBERT B. WRAY

UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

for service as set forth in the following

CITATION:

     “For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Supply Sergeant of Combined Action Company 1-3, III Marine Amphibious Force in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the morning of 13 September 1969, a battalion of the Twenty-First North Vietnamese Army Regiment, utilizing mortars, automatic weapons, and small arms, attacked tile village of An Phong, in Quang Ngai Province, which was defended by Combined Action Platoon 1-3-9. Unhesitatingly volunteering to accompany a reaction force formed to reinforce the beleaguered unit and deliver ammunition and other vitally needed supplies, Sergeant Wray subsequently arrived in the battle area and fearlessly maneuvered from one position to another as he supervised the expeditious distribution of the ammunition. Having completed this task, he led an element of the platoon in a daring envelopment of a hostile stronghold. As the friendly unit maneuvered forward, Sergeant Wray alertly observed a squad of enemy soldiers armed with rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons. Completely disregarding his own safety, he initiated an assault and single-handedly killed three of the hostile soldiers while his companions accounted for three additional enemy casuallties. Locating the North Vietnamese Army units command post, he skillfully coordinated the movement of his men with that of an adjacent friendly element and directed an assault upon the position which resulted in five enemy killed and the destruction of enemy supplies before they could be removed by the retreating forces. By his courage, bold leadership and unwavering devotion to duty at great personal risk, Sergeant Wray was instrumental in his unit accounting for 116 enemy killed and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.”

FOR THE PRESIDENT




H. W. BUSE, JR. LIEUTENANT GENERAL, U. S. MARlNE CORPS
COMMANDING GENERAL, FLEET MARINE FORCE. PACIFIC