CM3 MARVIN G. SHIELDS
Seabee Team 1104
TDY to Army Special Forces Camp at
Dong Xoai, RVN
10 June 1965
Construction Mechanic Shields was assigned TDY to the Army Special Forces camp at Dong Xoai when it came under intense enemy fire from a Regimental sized element.
Although wounded, Shields assisted the Green Berets by resupplying Soldiers on the perimeter with ammunition.
After approx. 3 hours of intense battle the enemy mounted a massive close-range assault employing flamethrowers, hand grenades, and small-arms fire.
Wounded a second time CM3 Shields ignored his own wounds and assisted in moving another critically wounded soldier to cover and then resumed engaging the enemy for 4 more hours.
When the Commander of ODA- 342 asked for a volunteer to help him take out an enemy gun emplacement it was Shields who unhesitatingly volunteered.
The two Soldiers assaulted the enemy position with small arms and a 3.5” Rocket launcher destroying the enemy machinegun emplacement and undoubtedly saving the lives of a large number of Americans.
Shields was mortally wounded by hostile fire while returning to his defensive position.