PFC Gary Ogle Seabaugh

2017-11-6 Seabaugh

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Corpsman with Company H, Second Battalion, Fifth Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the morning of 26 February 1968, during Operation Hue City, Company H suddenly came under a heavy volume of small arms, automatic weapons and mortar fire from a large North Vietnamese Army force. During the attack, numerous casualties were sustained, including Hospitalman [Seabaugh]. Although unable to walk due to his serious leg wound, he disregarded the enemy rounds impacting around him and fearlessly crawled about the fire-swept terrain from one casualty to another, skillfully administering first aid. As he was treating an injured Marine, he sustained a gunshot wound in the arm. Steadfastly ignoring his additional injury, he resolutely continued to crawl about the hazardous area, ably treating his wounded comrades until he was medically evacuated. His heroic actions and sincere concern for the welfare of his wounded comrades inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in the expeditious medical treatment of fourteen injured Marines. By his courage, bold initiative and selfless devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Hospitalman [Seabaugh] upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.

Gary Seabaugh was awarded the silver star and a purple heart for this incident. He was additional wounded two other times, receiving another two purple hearts.

We honor you, Gary Seabaugh.

(#Repost @National Purple Heart Hall of Honor)

 

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