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FReeper Canteen ~ Hall of Heroes: Finnis Dawson McCleery ~ 08 October 2018
Serving The Bst Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew

Posted on 10/07/2018 5:05:33 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska

 

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~ Hall of Heroes ~

Finnis Dawson McCleery

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Finnis Dawson McCleery (December 25, 1927 July 11, 2002) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the Vietnam War.

McCleery joined the Army from San Angelo, Texas, and by May 14, 1968 was serving as a platoon sergeant in Company A, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment. During an assault on that day, in Quang Tin Province, Republic of Vietnam, McCleery single-handedly attacked and destroyed several enemy bunkers despite being wounded twice.

McCleery left the Army while still a platoon sergeant. He died at age 74 and was buried in Belvedere Memorial Cemetery, San Angelo, Texas.

 

Platoon Sergeant McCleery's official Medal of Honor citation reads:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. P/Sgt. McCleery, U.S. Army, distinguished himself while serving as platoon leader of the 1st platoon of Company A. A combined force was assigned the mission of assaulting a reinforced company of North Vietnamese Army regulars, well entrenched on Hill 352, 17 miles west of Tam Ky. As P/Sgt. McCleery led his men up the hill and across an open area to close with the enemy, his platoon and other friendly elements were pinned down by tremendously heavy fire coming from the fortified enemy positions. Realizing the severe damage that the enemy could inflict on the combined force in the event that their attack was completely halted, P/Sgt. McCleery rose from his sheltered position and began a 1-man assault on the bunker complex. With extraordinary courage, he moved across 60 meters of open ground as bullets struck all around him and rockets and grenades literally exploded at his feet. As he came within 30 meters of the key enemy bunker, P/Sgt. McCleery began firing furiously from the hip and throwing hand grenades. At this point in his assault, he was painfully wounded by shrapnel, but, with complete disregard for his wound, he continued his advance on the key bunker and killed all of its occupants. Having successfully and single-handedly breached the enemy perimeter, he climbed to the top of the bunker he had just captured and, in full view of the enemy, shouted encouragement to his men to follow his assault. As the friendly forces moved forward, P/Sgt. McCleery began a lateral assault on the enemy bunker line. He continued to expose himself to the intense enemy fire as he moved from bunker to bunker, destroying each in turn. He was wounded a second time by shrapnel as he destroyed and routed the enemy from the hill. P/Sgt. McCleery is personally credited with eliminating several key enemy positions and inspiring the assault that resulted in gaining control of Hill 352. His extraordinary heroism at the risk of his life, above and beyond the call of duty, was in keeping with the highest standards of the military service, and reflects great credit on him, the Americal Division, and the U.S. Army.

 

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1 posted on 10/07/2018 5:05:33 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Everybody must be watching football.

;-)


2 posted on 10/07/2018 5:10:59 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (MAGA!!!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Oldie but goodie

Deck of Cards...Tex Ritter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsCiaxPhtVY


3 posted on 10/07/2018 5:11:20 PM PDT by Roccus (When you talk to a politician...ANY politician...always say, "Remember Ceausescu")
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To: Kathy in Alaska
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4 posted on 10/07/2018 5:20:01 PM PDT by SkyDancer ( ~ Just Consider Me A Random Fact Generator ~ Eat Sleep Fly Repeat ~)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Good evening, Three...I’m battling a cranky computer. Practically every Preview has some sort of message that is a lie. LOL! Just try again and it works, but most annoying.

Hope you had a great weekend.


5 posted on 10/07/2018 5:37:38 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska
He was born on Christmas, and was 40 years old during the action in the citation.

That's good to go.

6 posted on 10/07/2018 5:51:19 PM PDT by real saxophonist (You can play a shoestring if you're sincere. - John Coltrane)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Hi Everybody!

(((HUGS)))


7 posted on 10/07/2018 5:51:19 PM PDT by left that other site (For America to have CONFIDENCE in our future, we must have PRIDE in our HISTORY... DJT)
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To: Roccus

Good evening, Roccus...one of the great tunes. Thanks!


8 posted on 10/07/2018 5:54:08 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska; LUV W; HiJinx; AZamericonnie; Jet Jaguar; SandRat; laurenmarlowe; beachn4fun; ...

Greetings to all at the Canteen!

To all our military men and women, past and present,

THANK YOU
for your service!


9 posted on 10/07/2018 6:06:09 PM PDT by radu (God bless our military men and women, past and present)
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To: Kathy in Alaska


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CHARLESTOWN, Mass. (Jan. 14, 2008) The first major snowfall of the New Year blankets the USS Constitution. Despite the weather "Old Ironsides" remained open for free public tours. At 210 years-old, USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world, manned by 67 active-duty United States Sailors and visited by nearly half a million visitors annually. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric Brown (Released)

GOD BLESS AND PROTECT OUR TROOPS AND OUR BELOVED NATION!!!





Boston, Oct. 21, 2009 - Boatswains Mate 2nd Class Philip Gagnon pipes as USS Constitution performs an underway demonstration in honor of the three-masted wooden frigate's 212th birthday. (U.S. Navy photo by Airman Mark Alexander/Released).



USS Constitution's 1812 Marine Guard fire vintage Springfield flintlock muskets during the ship's underway. "Old Ironsides" was underway for the "Constitution Day Cruise," which is conducted to thank the family and supporters of Constitution. U.S. Navy photo by Airman Nick Lyman (Released)

OUR TROOPS ROCK!!!!!!!



10 posted on 10/07/2018 6:10:41 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (FMF Corpsman - Lima 3/5 RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: MoJo2001; 007; 1 FELLOW FREEPER; 11B3; 1FreeAmerican; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; 2LT Radix jr; 300winmag; ..

~ Hall of Heroes: Finnis Dawson McCleery ~

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11 posted on 10/07/2018 6:12:01 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Howdy, Kathy.

Hope you had a good day. Did y’all knock a few things off The List?


12 posted on 10/07/2018 6:25:04 PM PDT by radu (God bless our military men and women, past and present)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Howdy do, Conor! *HUGZ*

Everything going a-ok up your way? Are the renovations finally complete?


13 posted on 10/07/2018 6:27:16 PM PDT by radu (God bless our military men and women, past and present)
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To: radu
Good evening, Radu!

^HUGS*

Renovations are still inderway - nearing completion until the next time we change our minds.

"I am an American fighting man. I serve in the forces guarding our country and our way of life.
I am prepared to give my life in their defense."

14 posted on 10/07/2018 6:34:52 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (FMF Corpsman - Lima 3/5 RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: SkyDancer

Hurrah, Janey...home again, home again. ((HUGS))

Enjoy your time off.


15 posted on 10/07/2018 6:49:52 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Thanks for the great story of an American hero!

We always need brave men [or women] like Finnis Dawson McCleery!


16 posted on 10/07/2018 6:50:55 PM PDT by LUV W (The bravery and dedication of our troops in keeping us safe & free make me proud to be an American!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Um hmm. Now we see the problem.
The trick is to not change your minds. LOL

I hope it’s all finished by the holidays so y’all can enjoy them totally relaxed this year.


17 posted on 10/07/2018 6:51:00 PM PDT by radu (God bless our military men and women, past and present)
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To: The Mayor; PROCON; ConorMacNessa; SandRat; mountainlion; HiJinx; Publius; Jet Jaguar; TMSuchman; ...

Hello Veterans, wherever you are!!


18 posted on 10/07/2018 7:03:36 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
In first....Three grabs the gold!!


19 posted on 10/07/2018 7:08:55 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Roccus
And in second....Roccus snags the silver!!


20 posted on 10/07/2018 7:11:13 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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