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John J. McGinty III, Vietnam veteran who received the Medal of Honor, dies at 73
Washington Post ^ | Jan 21, 2014 | By Emily Langer

Posted on 01/22/2014 7:59:06 PM PST by Jet Jaguar

John J. McGinty III, a retired Marine Corps captain who received the Medal of Honor for his efforts to lead, protect and rally his outnumbered platoon during an assault in a jungle in Vietnam, died Jan. 17 at his home in Beaufort, S.C. He was 73.

The cause was bone cancer, said his son Michael McGinty.

Capt. McGinty was awarded the nation’s highest military decoration for valor during a battle in the summer of 1966. SNIP Instead, they were met with a full regiment of the North Vietnamese army.

The Americans took control of an enemy hospital and endured two more days of battle before receiving an order to withdraw, according to the book “Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty.” Capt. McGinty’s platoon was tasked with protecting the men from the rear as they destroyed downed U.S. helicopters and made their way out.

In the ensuing four-hour battle, Capt. McGinty displayed “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty,” according to his medal citation.

His platoon came under attack from small arms, automatic weapons and mortar fire. Capt. McGinty rushed through the barrage to reach two squads that had been cut off. The medical corpsman was dead. Twenty of his comrades were wounded. Capt. McGinty reloaded their weapons and helped them go on fighting.

He, too, had been hurt but continued leading a relentless assault. At one point, according to the citation, he killed five enemy troops at point-blank range with his pistol.

When the enemy seemed to revive, Capt. McGinty called in artillery and airstrikes within 50 yards of his location — a move that was said to have “routed” the North Vietnamese, whose losses numbered 500.

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1 posted on 01/22/2014 7:59:06 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: blueyon; KitJ; T Minus Four; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; ab01; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; Defender2; ...

Active Duty/Retiree ping.


2 posted on 01/22/2014 7:59:53 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

RIP


3 posted on 01/22/2014 8:04:34 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Jet Jaguar

God hold dear this American Hero Patriot.


4 posted on 01/22/2014 8:06:19 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Jet Jaguar

These are incredible men. My father was of this type.

RIP soldier.


5 posted on 01/22/2014 8:06:50 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Prayers Up.............


6 posted on 01/22/2014 8:08:10 PM PST by 40sw
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To: Jet Jaguar

Rest in peace.


7 posted on 01/22/2014 8:23:16 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheelbarrow)
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To: Jet Jaguar


TAPS

RIP

Captain John J. McGinty III, USMC Retired
Medal of Honor Recipient


Eternal Father Strong To Save - click

8 posted on 01/22/2014 8:26:55 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Thank you Kathy.


9 posted on 01/22/2014 8:27:58 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

If the Army and the Navy,
Ever gaze on Heaven’s scenes,
They will find the streets are guarded,
By United Statets Marines.


10 posted on 01/22/2014 8:42:29 PM PST by rey
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To: Jet Jaguar

Bravo Zulu


11 posted on 01/22/2014 9:28:36 PM PST by NonValueAdded (It's not the penalty, it's the lack of coverage on 1 Jan. Think about it.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Thank you for the post.


12 posted on 01/22/2014 10:03:49 PM PST by Buffalo Head (Illigitimi non carborundum)
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To: Jet Jaguar

RIP.


13 posted on 01/23/2014 8:34:15 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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