FORCE RECON Ayers, Darrell Eugene

The Shetland Bus
By David J. Howarth

John Robertson

Administrator
Staff member
  • SURNAME
Ayers
  • FORENAME
Darrell Eugene
  • UNIT
1 Recon Bn (1 MarDiv)
  • RANK
Platoon Sergeant
  • NUMBER
2341301
  • DATE OF DEATH
19th March 1970
  • AGE
32
  • GRAVESITE
Honolulu Memorial Courts of the Missing, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
from Alderwood Manor,Washington
born 4.4.1937
single
10 years service
award Navy Cross (posthumous)
promoted Staff Sgt posthumously
service number also quoted as 2341301
KIA Quang Nam Province,South Vietnam
body not recovered
Vietnam Veterans Memorial,Washington,D.C. Panel 12W Line 19
 

DATE OF DEATH:

19-Mar-1970

AWARD:

https://www.specialforcesroh.com/index.php?threads/ayers-darrell-eugene.41083/

CITATION:

Navy Cross : The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Staff Sergeant Darrell Eugene Ayers (MCSN: 2341301), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Platoon Sergeant with the First Force Reconnaissance Company, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 19 March 1970, Platoon Sergeant Ayers was leading a seven-man patrol on a mission to locate primary enemy infiltration routes in the western section of Quang Nam Province. Two days previously, the aircraft by which the team had been heli-lifted into the territory had come under intense hostile fire as the Marines were disembarking and, in the intervening period, Staff Sergeant Ayers had skillfully avoided any contact which would compromise his mission. As the Marines approached a small river which was spanned by a bamboo bridge, Staff Sergeant Ayers, realizing the danger of encountering the enemy at this position, moved ahead of the point man and accompanied by another Marine, reconnoitered the approach to the river. When the two men halted to analyze the surrounding terrain, they suddenly came under a heavy volume of automatic weapons fire from enemy soldiers concealed nearby. In an effort to shield his comrade, Staff Sergeant Ayers placed himself between the fusillade of hostile fire and his companion. Mortally wounded moments thereafter, Staff Sergeant Ayers, by his valiant and selfless efforts, was directly responsible for saving the life of a fellow Marine. His heroic actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

WEB LINKS:

https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/4395
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