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BRUCE CARLTON PARMELEE 1946-1967
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Bruce's family was presented with his Silver Star after his death.

An edited citation for the award reads as follows:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a rifleman in the 1st Platoon, Company I, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Reinforced), in the Republic of Vietnam.

On April 21, 1967, two companies of the 3rd Battalion were helicoptered into the Que Son Valley near Nui Loc Son to reinforce an infantry company that was heavily engaged by a numerically superior enemy force estimated to be of battalion size. The enemy was well-entrenched and delivered highly effective small-arms and mortar fire.

In the ensuing battle Bruce was wounded in the head by shrapnel form an enemy mortar round. A sporadic fire fight had been going on for about 30 minutes with heavy firing, during while several Marines were killed or wounded, more than the corpsmen were able to cope with at that time.

After a corpsman had treated his wounds, another Marine near Bruce was hit. Disregarding his own wounds, Bruce rushed to his fellow Marine's aid, exposing himself to further enemy fire.

Extreme difficulty was encountered in getting medical evacuation helicopters to the area, as they were subject to heavy sniper fire. After one long delay, one helicopter was able to get on the ground and a corpsman ordered Bruce to get on. Realize there were more wounded than could board the craft, and not knowing when the next one would arrive, Bruce refused to be evacuated. He unselfishly told the corpsman to put another man on the helicopter.

When they were about halfway to the helicopter, Bruce was mortally wounded by enemy sniper fire.

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