The President of the United States
takes pleasure in presenting the SILVER STAR MEDAL
HOSPITAL CORPSMAN SECOND CLASS JAMES RHONDA MATHIS
UNITED STATES NAVY
For service as set forth in the following
"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving
Senior Corpsman of Company I, Third Battalion,
Twenty-Sixth Marines, Third Marine Division in connection with
operations against the enemy in the Repub- lic of Vietnam.
On the morning of 9 April 1968, while occupying
a defensive position on Hill 881 South near Khe Sanh, Company
I suddenly came under an intense North Vietnamese mortar
attack and immediately sustained a casualty. Reacting instantly,
Petty Officer MATHIS unhesitatingly maneuvered
across the fire-swept terrain to the side of the injured man
and assisted him to a posi- tion of relative safety.
Realizing the seriousness of the situation, he
skillfully administered first aid to his wounded comrade
and supervised his evacuation. When numerous additional
Marines were wounded, he fearlessly moved from one position
to another, shielding each man with his own body while providing
medical assistance. While moving to assist a casualty,
Petty Officer MATHIS suddenly came under a heavy volume
of hostile small arms fire which knocked him violently to the
ground. Ignoring the enemy rounds impacting near him, he resolutely
continued to advance through the intense
fire while assisting his wounded comrades.
After the intensity of the enemy attack decreased, he
was supervising the evacuation of the wounded when the Marines again
came under a heavy volume of hostile mortar fire. Disregarding
his own safety, he fearlessly maneuvered across the hazardous
area on two additional occasions and ren- dered
vital medical treatment. His heroic actions and sincere
concern for the welfare of his comrades in the face of
extreme personal danger inspired all who observed him and were instrumental
in saving the lives of numerous Marines. By his courage, bold initiative
and selfless devotion to duty, Petty Officer MATHIS upheld
the highest traditions of the Marine Corps
and of the United States Naval Service."
FOR THE PRESIDENT,
/s/ H. W. Buse, Jr.
H. W. BUSE, JR.
LIEUTENANT GENERAL, U. S. MARINE CORPS
COMMANDING GENERAL, FLEET MARINE FORCE, PACIFIC