THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
The President of the United States, takes pride in presenting the
NAVY CROSS posthumously to:
LANCE CORPORAL THOMAS M. CASEY JR.
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
for service as set forth in the following:
For extraordinary heroism while serving as a Fire Team Leader with Company D, First Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine
Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the afternoon of 16 February 1969,
Company D was assaulting a large North Vietnamese Army force occupying a well-entrenched position in Quang Nam Province.
Alertly observing an enemy fortification, Lance Corporal Casey launched a determined assault upon the hostile position, delivering
accurate fire as he fearlessly maneuvered across fifty meters of fire-swept terrain. Upon reaching the hostile bunker, he boldly hurled
grenades into it, destroying the North Vietnamese emplacements and killing an enemy soldier. Disregarding his own safety, he went
to several casualties, and ignoring the hostile rounds impacting near heim, skillfully administered first aid to his wounded comrades.
Realizing the need for an M-79 grenade launcher, he again rushed across the hazardous area and, obtaining the weapon, returned to the
point of heaviest contact. When two additional Marines were wounded, he unhesitatingly commenced maneuvering through a hail of
fire to assist the injured men, but as he approached the casualties he was mortally wounded. His heroic actions and fighting spirit
inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in saving the lives of several Marines. By his courage, sincere concern for the
welfare of his comrades, and selfless devotion to duty, Lance Corporal Casey upheld the highest traditons of the Marine Corps and
the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
For the President,
Secretary of the Navy