Quantico Marine Corps Base in Stafford County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Second Lieutenant Terrence C. Graves
United States Marine Corps
Third Force Reconnaissance Company
Third Reconnaissance Battalion
Third Marine Division
Awarded the Medal of Honor (Posthumously)
for action against the enemy forces in
the republic of South Vietnam on
16 February 1968
He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Erected by the United States Marine Corps.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 38° 30.066′ N, 77° 26.557′ W. Marker was in Quantico Marine Corps Base, Virginia, in Stafford County. Marker was on Belleau Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker was in this post office area: Quantico VA 22134, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 12 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Manion Hall (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Graves Hall (about 400 feet away); Haas Hall (about 400 feet away); McGlothlin Hall (about 500 feet away); Captured Iraqi T-69 Tank (about 600 feet away but has been reported missing); O'Bannon Hall (about 800 feet away); Lopez Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pokorney Hall Mitchell Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Marine Officers Basic Class 6-67 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Basic School Class of 2-1965 (approx. 0.2 miles away); 9th Special Basic Class (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Quantico Marine Corps Base.
Also see . . .
1. A Virtual Memorial to 2dLt Terrence C. Graves. Information and pictures about 2dLt Graves, including the Medal of Honor Citation and an excerpts from a book written about Force Reconnaissance Marines in Vietnam. Included on this site are pictures of a memorial honoring Lieutenant Terrence C. Graves, USMC, that was unveiled on Main Street in the village of Groton (Tompkins County), New York on Saturday, July 7, 2001. (Submitted on October 16, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
2. A Force Reconnaissance Virtual Memorial to 2dLt Terrence C. Graves. Similiar information as the first link with additional photographs. (Submitted on October 16, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
1. Medal of Honor Citation
The President of the United States, in the name of The Congress takes pride in presenting
the MEDAL OF HONOR posthumously to:
SECOND LIEUTENANT TERRENCE C. GRAVES
for service as set forth in the following CITATION:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a Platoon Commander with the Third Force Reconnaissance Company, Third Reconnaissance Battalion, Third Marine Division, in the Republic of Vietnam on 16 February 1968. While on a large-range reconnaissance mission, Lieutenant Grave's eight-man patrol observed seven enemy soldiers approaching their position. Reacting instantly, he deployed his men and directed their fire on the approaching enemy. After the fire had ceased, he and two patrol members commenced a search of the area, and suddenly came under a heavy volume of hostile small arms and automatic weapons fire from a numerically superior enemy force. When one of his men was hit by enemy fire, Lieutenant Graves moved through the fire-swept area to his radio and, while directing suppressive fire from his men, requested air support and adjusted a heavy volume of artillery and helicopter gunship fire upon the enemy. After attending the wounded, Lieutenant Graves, accompanied by another Marine, moved from his relatively safe position to confirm the results of the earlier engagement. Observing that several of the enemy were still alive, he launched a determined assault, eliminating the remaining enemy troops. He then began moving the patrol to a landing zone for extraction, when the unit again came under intense fire which wounded two more Marines and Lieutenant Graves. Refusing medical attention, he once more adjusted air strikes and
/S/Richard M. Nixon
— Submitted October 16, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
Categories. • Military • Notable Persons • War, Vietnam •
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Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photos, inscription and location information for the 2dLt Graves memorial in Groton (Tompkins County), New York on a separate page. • Can you help?