The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*REASONER, FRANK S.
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant,
U.S. Marine Corps, Company A, 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division. Place
and Date: near Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam, 12 July 1965. Entered service at:
Kellogg, Idaho. Born: 16 September 1937, Spokane, Wash.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the
call of duty. The reconnaissance patrol led by 1st Lt. Reasoner had deeply penetrated
heavily controlled enemy territory when it came under extremely heavy fire from an
estimated 50 to 100 Viet Cong insurgents. Accompanying the advance party and the point
that consisted of 5 men, he immediately deployed his men for an assault after the Viet
Cong had opened fire from numerous concealed positions. Boldly shouting encouragement, and
virtually isolated from the main body, he organized a base of fire for an assault on the
enemy positions. The slashing fury of the Viet Cong machinegun and automatic weapons fire
made it impossible for the main body to move forward. Repeatedly exposing himself to the
devastating attack he skillfully provided covering fire, killing at least 2 Viet Cong and
effectively silencing an automatic weapons position in a valiant attempt to effect
evacuation of a wounded man. As casualties began to mount his radio operator was wounded
and 1st Lt. Reasoner immediately moved to his side and tended his wounds. When the radio
operator was hit a second time while attempting to reach a covered position, 1st Lt.
Reasoner courageously running to his aid through the grazing machinegun fire fell mortally
wounded. His indomitable fighting spirit, valiant leadership and unflinching devotion to
duty provided the inspiration that was to enable the patrol to complete its mission
without further casualties. In the face of almost certain death he gallantly gave his life
in the service of his country. His actions upheld the highest traditions of the Marine
Corps and the U.S. Naval Service.
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