FORCE RECON Reasoner, Frank Stanley

John Robertson

Staff member
Frank Stanley
  • UNIT
3 Recon Bn (A Company) (3 MarDiv)
  • RANK
First Lieutenant
12th July 1965
  • AGE
Greenwood Cemetery,Kellogg,Shoshone County,Idaho
from Kellogg,Idaho
born 16.9.1937 Spokane,Washington
son of Mr and Mrs James C. Curry,Kellogg,Idaho
husband of Sally J. Reasoner,Kingston,Idaho (1 son Michael Lawrence)
wife's address given as 1735 Lawrence Road,Navy 990,c/o FPO,San Francisco
moved to Kellogg 1948
graduated Kellogg High School June 1955
entered service June 1955
San Diego Recruit Department (graduated August 1955 as PFC)
Camp Pendleton,California (advanced infantry training)
graduated Airman School,Naval Air Technical Training Center,Jacksonville,Florida and Communication Electronic School,San Diego,California 1956 (airborne radio operator)
Marine Wing Service Group 37 (3 Marine Aircraft Wing) (Cpl)
Naval Academy Preparatory School,Bainbridge,Maryland 1957
Marine Barracks,Annapolis,Maryland (guard)
promoted Sgt January 1958
transferred to USMC Reserve June 1958
USMA,West Point June 1958 - 6.6.1962 (2Lt USMC)
Officers Basic School,Marine Corps Schools,Quantico,Virginia
promoted First Lieutenant December 1963
3 Recon Bn (B Company),4th Marines 1964-65
3 Recon Bn (A Company),3 MarDiv 20.6.1965
award Medal of Honor (posthumous)
KIA Quang Nam Province,South Vietnam
Vietnam Veterans Memorial,Washington,D.C. Panel 02E Line 36





Medal Of Honor : The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant Frank Stanley Reasoner (MCSN: 0-85378), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 12 July 1965, while serving with Company A, Third Reconnaissance Battalion, THIRD Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in action against armed enemy forces near DaNang, Republic of Vietnam. The reconnaissance patrol led by First Lieutenant 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 five 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 two 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 First Lieutenant 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, First Lieutenant 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 United States Naval Service.
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