THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
The President of the United States, takes pride in presenting the
NAVY CROSS to:
CORPORAL ARTHUR G. MC RAE
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
for service as set forth in the following:
For extraordinary heroism while serving as a Squad Leader in the Second Platoon, Company F, Second Battalion, Seventh Marines,
attached to the Third Battalion, 7th Marines, in Quang Ngai Province, Republic of Vietnam, on 16 March 1967. Company F was conducting
a search and destroy mission when suddenly the Second Platoon came under intense automatic-weapons and .50 caliber machine-gun
fire from Viet Cong insurgents who were well concealed. Two Marines were instantly killed and four were serviously wounded in the
initial erruption of fire. For over an hour, all attempts to relieve the beleaguered Marines proved futile as the enemy's vicious fire
continued with devasting effect. Corporal Mc Rae had, for over an hour, expertly supervised the fire of his squad when suddenly,
fully realizing the personal risks involved, he left his firing position and boldly raced 150 meters across the rice paddy to the aid of
his fallen comrades. As he reached them, he immediately began to give them the sustaining support they so desperately needed.
Courageously exhibiting outstanding professional skill, Corporal Mc Rae aided a corpsman in the treatment of wounded and simultaneously
formulated his plan to lead the men to friendly lines. When preparations were made, he aggressively began to lead the men to safety.
Air strikes and artillery barrages attempted to silence the enemy but they continued to fire, vainly trying to destroy the Marines that
Corporal Mc Rae was delibertely and fearlessly leading. Displaying exceptional leadership, resourcefulness and great professional
skill, he succeeded in leading all the Marines to safety. Realizing that some weapons and equipment had been left in the open, he again
exposed himself to enemy's fire and returned to the rice paddy to gather equipment and weapons. By his outstanding courage, exceptional
fortitude and valieant fighting spirit, in the face of almost certain death, Corporal Mc Rae saved the lives of his comrades and upheld the
highest traditons of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
For the President,
Secretary of the Navy