The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Richard E. Bogan (2357980), Lance Corporal [then Private First Class], U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Fire Team Leader with Company C, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in the Republic of Vietnam on 12 April 1968. While conducting a night ambush near the village of Thon Ha Vinh , Thua Thien Province, Lance Corporal Bogan alertly observed several North Vietnamese Army soldiers approaching his position. Reacting instantly, he directed a heavy volume of fire upon the hostile force, inflicting numerous casualties and forcing the enemy to disperse. Within a few moments, an enemy grenade landed among the Marines, and exploded harmlessly. Almost immediately, another grenade impacted extremely close to Corporal Bogan and a companion. Disregarding his own safety, he shouted a warning to his comrade and unhesitatingly jumped on top of the missile, absorbing the blast with his body. Although seriously wounded, he moved to his squad leader’s position and informed him of the situation. By his dauntless courage, initiative and selfless efforts in behalf of another, Corporal Bogan saved his comrade from serious injury or possible death and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals.
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