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Myron C. Harrington , Jr.

Date of birth: August 13, 1938
Place of Birth: Georgia, Augusta
Home of record: Charleston South Carolina

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Navy Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Captain Myron C. Harrington, Jr. (MCSN: 0-81869), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as Commanding Officer for Company D, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the afternoon of 23 February 1968, Company D was attacking a well entrenched North Vietnamese Army force that was occupying a fortified section of the wall surrounding the Hue Citadel. As the Marines maneuvered forward, they began receiving a heavy volume of small arms, automatic weapons, mortar and antitank rocket fire. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, Captain Harrington skillfully deployed his 3.5 rocket teams into advantageous firing positions. Continuously moving from one position to another, he pinpointed enemy emplacements and skillfully directed the fire of his men. After silencing four hostile positions, he requested supporting arms fire and skillfully adjusted 60-mm. mortar fire to within twenty-five meters of the forward elements of his company, while simultaneously adjusting artillery fire. Disregarding his own safety, Captain Harrington then fearlessly maneuvered to the point of heaviest contact and, rallying his men, boldly led a determined assault against the enemy soldiers. Shouting words of encouragement to his men, he skillfully maneuvered his unit forward and directed the Marines' fire upon the hostile emplacements. Largely due to his resolute determination and intrepid fighting spirit, his men overran the hostile positions and routed the North Vietnamese soldiers, accounting for twenty-five enemy soldiers confirmed killed. By his courage, superb leadership and unfaltering devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Harrington upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals

Action Date: 23-Feb-68

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Captain

Company: Company D

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 5th Marines

Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.) FMF

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Captain Myron C. Harrington, Jr. (MCSN: 0-81869), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Commanding Officer of Company D, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 15 February 1968 during Operation HUE CITY, Captain Harrington's company was assaulting the heavily defended Arch Tower along the fortified eastern wall of the Citadel when it came under intense enemy fire, halting the Marines' advance. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, Captain Harrington completely disregarded his own safety as he moved forward of his leading elements and crossed the fire-swept street to an exposed vantage point. Requesting tank support and 3.5 inch rocket launchers, he directed their fire against the tower, skillfully maneuvered one platoon to the structure and directed another platoon to attack an adjacent building. After the tower was seized, Captain Harrington immediately established defensive positions, redistributed ammunition and directed the evacuation of his casualties. Early the following morning, the North Vietnamese counterattacked with hand grenades, rocket and mortar fire, forcing the Marines to withdraw. Displaying exceptional tactical leadership and courage, Captain Harrington quickly reorganized his company, directed effective supporting fires against the enemy and maneuvered his men in an aggressive counterattack which routed the hostile force. By his dynamic leadership, sound tactical judgment and selfless devotion to duty at great personal risk, Captain Harrington contributed significantly to the defeat of the enemy and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: February 15, 1968

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Captain

Company: Company D

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 5th Marines

Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Colonel Myron C. Harrington, Jr. (MCSN: 0-81869), United States Marine Corps, was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States.

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Colonel

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Colonel Myron C. Harrington, Jr. (MCSN: 0-81869), United States Marine Corps, was awarded a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States.

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Colonel

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Second Gold Star in lieu of a Third Award of the Legion of Merit to Colonel Myron C. Harrington, Jr. (MCSN: 0-81869), United States Marine Corps, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Commanding Officer, Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) Unit, the Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina from March 1988 through June 1991. Through imaginative, energetic, and dynamic leadership, Colonel Herrington intensified support of midshipmen, enhanced the Unit's environment for professional development, and through personal commitment, elevated the image of the Naval service. His superb efforts resulted in the NROTC Unit achieving outstanding success in recruiting, academics, physical readiness, university funding, facilities improvements, community relations, risk management, and recognition given to each member of his command and his outstanding leadership by example inspired subordinates to achieve their personal and professional goals. By his outstanding leadership, exemplary judgment, and inspiring devotion to duty, Colonel Harrington reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: March 1988 - June 1991

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Colonel