FORCE RECON Smalley, Lloyd Buchanan

John Robertson

Staff member
Lloyd Buchanan
  • UNIT
Recon Company,HQ Bn,1 MarDiv
  • RANK
Navy Cross
Korea 1952
DOW - see Roll of Honour



Navy Cross : The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Sergeant Lloyd Buchanan Smalley (MCSN: 1156994), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving as a Squad Leader of Reconnaissance Company, Headquarters Battalion, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces in the Republic of Korea on the night of 8 December 1952. When a numerically superior enemy force effected a partial penetration of his squad's position far forward of the main line of resistance, Sergeant Smalley skillfully directed the fire and efforts of his small group of men in repelling the attack, inflicting heavy casualties and forcing the enemy to withdraw. During a temporary lull in the battle, he quickly moved about the area to locate and rescue his wounded comrades and, while working his way to a sector extremely close to the enemy, discovered a severely wounded Marine in urgent need of medical treatment. While subjected to intense hostile automatic-weapons and hand-grenade fire, he proceeded to remove the stricken man to the comparative safety of the squad's position. Although sustaining two severe and painful wounds while engaged in this action, he succeeded in gaining the friendly position with his comrade before he was again struck by enemy fire and fell, mortally wounded. By his marked fortitude and resolute determination in the face of heavy odds, Sergeant Smalley served to inspire all who observed him and contributed in large measure to the success of his squad in repulsing the enemy and in safely returning to the main line of resistance. His great personal valor reflects the highest credit upon himself and enhances the finest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

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