Martin L Gillespie, Jr

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class
United States Navy
21 January 1940 - 21 March 1966
East Boston, Massachusetts
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Navy Cross

Fleet Marine Force Corpsman

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Martin L Gillespie, Jr

16 Mar 2002

Gone, but never forgotten!

HN Jim Putnam,
a fellow 1/4 hospital corpsman, Fleet Marines,
12 Nov 2002

You will never be forgotten,
In my memory always.

Barbara 'Venedam' Pumyea
East Boston, Beachmont, Woburn, Massachusetts

20 Jul 2003


We Remember, We Honor, We are Grateful

God Bless you and the family you left behind!

"No one has greater love than this,
to lay down one's life for one's friends."
Jn. 15:13

Semper Fi!

Bob Digan
First Cousin and Brother Marine

30 May 2006

Thinking of you with love.

Your sister,
Mary Lou

Mary Schweitzer
P. O. Box 17, West Peterborough, N H 03468
E-Mail will be forwarded by the

"You guys are the Marine's doctors -
There's none better in the business than a Navy Corpsman ..."
-- Lieutenant General "Chesty" Puller --

The President of the United States
takes pride in presenting the


posthumously to

Hospitalman 2nd Class
United States Navy

for service as set forth in the following


For extraordinary heroism as a platoon corpsman, 2nd Platoon, Company D, First Battalion, Fourth Marines during Operation TEXAS in the Republic of Vietnam against communist insurgent guerrilla forces on 21 March 1966. While engaged in a search and destroy mission, the 2nd Platoon came under a devastating volume of accurate small arms, semi-automatic weapons, and heavy caliber machine gun fire from concealed, fortified enemy positions about 75 meters to their front. Observing a Marine wounded as he attempted to knock out the enemy emplacements with a rocket launcher, Petty Officer Gillespie fearlessly dashed across 30 meters of exposed ground, completely disregarding the intense volume of fire. Upon reaching the critically wounded Marine, he quickly began administering life saving aid with calm professionalism. Although the surrounding area was raked continually with increasingly accurate enemy fire, Petty Officer Gillespie continued to work, remaining in the exposed position for several minutes until he had stopped the bleeding, and then, as he began to move the wounded Marine to cover, he was mortally struck by enemy fire. As a result of his expert professional skill and his selfless daring actions, the life of a Marine was spared. Petty Officer Gillespie gallantly gave his life for his country.

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The 1st Battalion, 4th Marines lost eight men on 21 March 1966:
  • HM2 Martin L. Gillespie, East Boston, MA (Navy Cross), H&S w/ Delta 1/4
  • LCpl David G. Callis, Redwood City, CA, Bravo 1/4
  • LCpl Ronnie E. Connacher, Houston, TX, Bravo 1/4
  • Pfc John H. Franklin, Hughson, CA, H&S 1/4
  • Pfc Willard J. Friese, Washington, IA, Alpha 1/4
  • Pfc Roger L. Henderson, Portland, OR, Delta 1/4
  • Pfc James R. Pace, Memphis, TN, H&S 1/4
  • Pfc Terry L. Quinn, Huntington Beach, CA, Delta 1/4

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memorial which honors the
Army Medics and Navy Corpsmen who died in Vietnam.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his sister,
Mary Schweitzer
P. O. Box 17, West Peterborough, N H 03468
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 16 Mar 2002
Last updated 06/09/2006