Larry Gail Williamson

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Larry G. Williamson was February 9, 1947, in Lincoln County, West Virginia, the only son of four children born to John B. and Georgia Napier Williamson.

During high school at Harts, Larry was the only boy in his class to become a member of the National Honor Society. He was on the varsity basketball team and served on the school newspaper and as secretary treasurer of his senior class. After graduation in 1964 he attended Marshall University’s Logan branch for two years.

On September 9, 1967, at the age of 20, Larry married Wanda Brumfield and moved to Columbus, Ohio, where he became manager of car parts and tires at a Firestone Automotive Center.

In January 1969, Larry was drafted from West Virginia. While on a bus taking him for Army training, he was among the draftees separated and reassigned to the Marines. He received basic training at Camp Pendleton, California, and after a brief visit home was ordered to Vietnam and assigned to the 5th Marine Division. He soon received a promotion to Lance Corporal.

In Vietnam, Larry was assigned as a squad leader in the First Platoon of Company G. On March 11, 1970, the squad was acting as a blocking force and was located approximately 2 miles northeast of An Hoa Combat Base in Quang Nam Province. Lance Corporal Larry G. Williamson was killed when a well concealed explosive device detonated. A squad corpsman rushed to his aid but death had been instantaneous. According to First Lieutenant W. T. Collins, tribute was paid to Larry during a memorial service held on March 13.

The body of Lance Corporal Larry G. Williamson was returned to his hometown and was interred in the Little Harts Cemetery.

We honor you, Larry Williamson.

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MAJ Drew Dennis Dix

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Drew Dennis Dix is a decorated United States military veteran and retired major in the United States Army. He was the first enlisted U.S. Army Special Forces soldier to receive the highest award, Medal of Honor. During the Tet Offensive, Dix led local Vietnamese soldiers against Vietcong forces, saving civilians and engaging in intense combat for two days. His actions resulted in dozens of Viet Cong soldiers killed in action and, the capture of more than 20 prisoners, and the rescue of the 14 United States and free world civilians.

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PFC Gary Ogle Seabaugh

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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.

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Cpl Ralph Racacho

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Racacho served with  D Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division. Corporal Racacho was wounded on 24 August 1968 while he was leaving the helicopter he was on and was hit in the right arm by a gunshot. Later he received more wounds to his neck and head from shrapnel.

We honor you, Ralph Racacho.

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