Honoring those who died during service with MCB 11


 

Machinist Mate 1c
Noumea, New Caledonia
Hometown: Greece


 

Adak, Alaska


 

 

Guam

 


 

 

Guam

 


 

CEC
Okinawa


 

BU1
Okinawa


 

BUL3
Okinawa


 

CM1
Guam


 

HM3
Guam


 

BU1
Guam


 

CM1
Okinawa

 

Construction Mechanic 3rd Class
TEAM 1104, NMCB-11, 3RD NC BDE, SEABEES
United States Navy

Marvin Glenn Shields was born December 30, 1939 in Port Townsend, WA. After graduation from high school in 1958, he worked in the gold mines at Hyder, AL. He joined the Navy as a Seabee in 1962. He was stationed at Glyncoe, GA; Okinawa; Port Hueneme, CA; and Vietnam. He was attached to the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces. Marvin was wounded during an ambush at Dong Xoai and Died June 10, 1965.

MARVIN GLENN SHIELDS

When Viet Cong troops overran a Special Forces Camp containing 400 South Vietnamese and allied Asian troops, 11 men of a U.S. Army Special Forces team and nine men of Seabee Team 1104, seven of the Seabees were wounded and two killed. One of the dead was Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Marvin G. Shields, USN, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry in carrying a critically wounded man to safety and in destroying a Viet Cong machine gun emplacement at the cost of his life. Not only was Marvin Shields the only Seabee to win the nation's highest award, but he was also the first Navy man to be so decorated for action in Vietnam."

Dong Xoai

My Hero-My Dad

 

 

 

SWF2 - E5
From San Diego, CA
Casualty was in Dong Xoai, South Vietnam

 

 

LT-03 (Doctor)
From Canoga Park, CA
Casualty was in
China Beach R & R Center; DaNang East, Vietnam

 

 

 

EOH3-E4
From Raleigh, NC
Casualty was in Quang Tri, South Vietnam

 

 

   Senior Chief Barnes was the first casualty of the Dong Ha Deployment. He was killed on the morning of June 6, 1967, during a rocket attack on Khe Sahn. Senior Chief Barnes was the Alpha Co. leading chief.
   At the time of his death, Chief Barnes was part of a seventy man detail from the battalion assigned to rebuild the airfield at Khe Sahn.

During his career, Chief Barnes served with MCB 2, MCB 4, MCB 6, and MCB 11, also Naval Construction Schools at Port Hueneme, CA, and the Construction Battalion Center, Davisville, RI. He was survived by his wife, two sons, three daughters, parents, two brothers and two sisters

 

 

EON3 - E4
From Poulsbo, WA
Casualty was in Dong Ha, Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam

 

 

 

CN - E3
From West Senca, NY
Casualty was in Dong Ha, Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam

 

 

 

CN - E3
From Newark, DE
Casualty was in Dong Ha, Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam

 

 

 

CN - E3
From Chicago, IL
Casualty was in Dong Ha, Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam

 

 

BUR2 E5 United States Navy
Mobile Construction Battalion 11
23 Years Old
Agenda, Kansas
May 16, 1944 to August 28, 1967
Casualty was in Dong Ha, Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam.

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CN - E3
From Pleasanton, KA
Casualty was in Dong Ha, Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam

 

 

 

CN - E3
From Millington, MI
Casualty was in Dong Ha, Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam

 

 

Milford Marvin Tognazzini was born on May 7, 1934 and joined the Armed Forces while in Santa Maria, CA. He served as a CM1 in the Navy Seabees. In eight years of service, he attained the rank of CM1/E6. On August 7, 1969, at the age of 35, he perished in the service of our country in South Vietnam, Quang Tri. He was in his third tour of duty with the U.S. Armed Forces. He served with the U.S. Army in Korea and later rejoined the Army. He joined the Seabees late in 1968

On August 7, 1969, while serving with A Company, MCB11 at Landing Zone Nancy, in the Republic of South Vietnam, three Seabees responded to a call for assistance by an Army mortar platoon firing in support of a friendly unit engaged with the enemy.

 

When fire broke out in one of the mortar pits and began to spread rapidly to a large amount of ammunition stored nearby, the men, led by CM1 Milford Tognazzini, jumped into a water truck and drove to the burning pit. Simultaneous to this event, an armored personnel carrier, loaded with more ammunition, also caught fire. While attempting to extinguish the burning vehicle, Tognazzini was mortally wounded by exploding ammunition and Dutch Van Tassell, Peter Poillon and James Benge were wounded. MCB11 was decommissioned a short time later and the mens paperwork, which included proof of their wounds, was lost for thirty years in the Archives at Port Hueneme. The men were finally honored the Purple Heart on Memorial Day 2001.