Medal of Honor





Rank and organization: Construction Mechanic Third Class, U.S. Navy, Seabee Team


Place and date: Dong Xoai, Republic of Vietnam, 10 June 1965


Entered service at: Seattle, Washington


Born: 30 December 1939, Port Townsend, Washington




For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Although wounded when the compound of Detachment A342, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, came under intense fire from an estimated reinforced Viet Cong regiment employing machine guns, heavy weapons and small arms, Shields continued to resupply his fellow Americans who needed ammunition and to return the enemy fire for a period of approximately 3 hours, at which time the Viet Cong launched a massive attack at close range with flame throwers, hand grenades and small-arms fire. Wounded a second time during this attack, Shields nevertheless assisted in carrying a more critically wounded man to safety, and then resumed firing at the enemy for 4 more hours. When the commander asked for a volunteer to accompany him in an attempt to knock out an enemy machine gun emplacement which was endangering the lives of all personnel in the compound because of the accuracy of its fire, Shields unhesitatingly volunteered for this extremely hazardous mission. Proceeding toward their objective with a 3.5-inch rocket launcher, they succeeded in destroying the enemy machine gun emplacement, thus undoubtedly saving the lives of many of their fellow servicemen in the compound. Shields was mortally wounded by hostile fire while returning to his defensive position. His heroic initiative and great personal valor in the face of intense enemy fire sustain and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.


Thanks to Barbara Shields, the daughter of Marvin G. Shields for the photo of her dad. She also has a web page that commemorates her father. Go to: Barbara Shields' Web Page.


Fast Frigate USS Marvin Shields


Marvin Shields Bachelors Enlisted Quarters, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Washington.


Grave Stone


On 18 January 2000 I received the following message:

"...a place that every Seabee Battalion deploys to 7 months out of the year... Camp Shields, Okinawa. Many young Seabees learn about this American Hero from the stories told at Camp Shields."

 --- General / Personal ---


Last name: SHIELDS

First name: MARVIN GLEN

Home of Record (official): PORT TOWNSEND

State (official): WA

Date of Birth: Saturday, December 30, 1939

Sex: Male

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Married


--- Military ---


Branch: Navy

Rank: CMA3

Serial Number: 3904693

Component: Regular

Pay grade: E4

MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): CMA3


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Start of Tour: Unknown/Not reported

Date of Casualty: Thursday, June 10, 1965

Age at time of loss: 25

Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died

Reason: Gun, small arms fire (Ground casualty)

Country: South VietNam

Province: Phouc Long

The Wall: Panel 02E - Row 007


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