Corporal Roger D. See
For extraordinary heroism in action as a Patrol Leader with Company A, Third Reconnaissance Battalion, Third Marine Division during combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 8 June 1969, while his six-man reconnaissance team was establishing an observation post, Corporal See observed two enemy soldiers in proximity to the Marines and took them under fire. During the exchange of fire both enemy soldiers were wounded, one of whom was captured by Corporal See. With the enemy force now in close pursuit, Corporal See picked up the wounded prisoner and began carrying him to the helicopter extraction site. During this action, he was wounded in the thigh, but managed to regain his feet and continue toward the extraction site. When another Marine coming to his assistance was seriously wounded, Corporal See remained in a dangerously exposed position to treat his companion's wounds and to administer mouth-to-mouth resuscitation in a futile effort to save the man's life. After his comrade succumbed to his wounds, Corporal See seized the grenade launcher the Marine had been carrying and delivered covering fire for his men. When he had expended all the grenades, he utilized his rifle and a weapon dropped by an enemy soldier until he had fired every round available, and then painfully maneuvered to join his team on the hill. As the unit attempted to attain the crest, the Marines were subjected to intense fire from a bunker position. Corporal See crawled across an exposed area and silenced the fire by dropping a fragmentation grenade through an aperture at the top of the position. When an extraction helicopter arrived on station and approached for a landing, intensified fire from hostile positions around the hill forced the pilot to lift off. Until the early morning hours of the following day when a successful extraction became possible, Corporal See, despite the pain of his wound, continually patrolled the defensive perimeter to encourage his men, ascertain their welfare and direct their fire. By his courage, valiant leadership, and unfaltering devotion to duty in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds, he contributed significantly to the accomplishment of his unit's intelligence mission and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.