The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Richard Allen Evans, Jr. (2427562), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Fire Team Leader with Company D, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 29 August 1968, Private Evans was maneuvering his fire team toward known enemy positions when the Marines suddenly came under antitank rocket and automatic weapons fire from a well-entrenched North Vietnamese Army company. Although he was seriously wounded during the initial burst of fire, he resolutely refused medical attention for himself in order to continue leading his men against the enemy. Observing five North Vietnamese soldiers maneuvering to a position on his unit’s flank, Private Evans quickly moved across the fire-swept terrain to a vantage point where he delivered a highly accurate fire that killed all five enemy soldiers. Wounded a second time by fire from another hostile emplacement, he realized that his team was in an untenable position. Concerned only for the welfare of his comrades, Private Evans directed his men to withdraw to a more defensible position and, ignoring his own painful injuries, selflessly remained behind providing covering fire for their movement. Continuing his gallant efforts in an attempt to ensure that his fellow Marines would reach a position of relative safety, he fearlessly rushed forward in a determined assault, firing his rifle into the hostile emplacement until he was mortally wounded by enemy machine-gun fire. His bold initiative and uncommon valor undoubtedly saved the lives of three of his fellow Marines. By his courage, intrepid fighting spirit, and selfless devotion to duty, Private Evans inspired all who observed him and sustained and enhanced the highest traditions of the United States Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals
Home Town : Independence , Missouri