26th Marine Regiment
In honor and memory of the defenders of the Khe Sanh Combat Base in the Republic of Vietnam from 20 January to 01 April 1968. During this period the 26th Marines and their supporting units, held the vital base and positions on Hills 881, 861, 861A, 558, and 950, although opposed by numerically superior forces.
The Khe Sanh Combat Base was commanded by Colonel David E. Lownds, Commanding Officer 26th Marine Regiment. For his actions, Colonel Lownds was awarded the Navy Cross. As all good Marines do, the "Lion of Khe Sanh" reported for duty on "Heaven's Scene," on August 31, 2011.
President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Presidential Unit Citation to:
Third Marine Division (Reinforced)
For service as set forth in the following
For extraordinary heroism in action against North Vietnamese Army Forces during the Battle for Khe Sanh in the Republic of Vietnam from 20 January to 01 April 1968. Throughout this period, the 26th Marines (Reinforced) was assigned the mission of holding the vital Khe Sanh Combat Base and
Lyndon B. Johnson
President of the United States
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, Vietnam. In addition, it is included in the Distinguished Service Cross/Navy Cross/Air Force Cross Recipients, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #36 Lyndon B. Johnson series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is April 1, 1968.
Location. 38° 32.571′ N, 77° 20.571′ W. Marker is in Triangle, Virginia, in Prince William County. Memorial can be reached from Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) 0.1 miles south of Joplin Road (Virginia Route 619), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Quantico VA 22134, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. VMFA-333 Squadron History (here, next to this marker); India & Mike Companies (here, next to this marker); VMB-612 (here, next to this marker); Golf Company, The Basic School (here, next to this marker); 3d Battalion, 11th Marines (here, next to this marker); 42nd Officer Candidates School Class / The Basic School Class 4-67 (here, next to this marker); The CO Vans (here, next to this marker); 1942 (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Triangle.
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