Curless, Eugene Jerome, Jr., 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
Service Years
1965 - 1968

Infantry

First Lieutenant


One Service Stripe


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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1947
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Medusa
Last Address
Medusa

Casualty Date
Mar 25, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Hau Nghia (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Rensselaerville Cemetery - Rensselaerville, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
46E 015

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialMilitary Order of the Purple Heart
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Rifle

 
 Unit Assignments
23rd Infantry Regiment25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1968-1968, 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment/C Company
  1968-1968, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Service Number O5339538

1st Lt. Eugene J. Curless Awarded The Silver Star. First Lieutenant Eugene J. Curless, Jr. 23rd Infantry Division, was awarded the Silver Star posthumously October 20 for gallantry in action while serving in Vietnam. A ceremony took place at Sgt. Horace D. Bradt U.S. Army Reserve Center in Schenectady. Lt. Curless entered the Army on July 13, 1964, and arrived in Vietnam on January 16, 1968. He was killed on March 25, 1968 and subsequently was awarded the Silver Star, third highest medal given for valor. The medal was presented to Lt. Curless' wife, Mrs. Marilyn R. Curless of Camden, New York, by Colonel Ferris P. Coppe, First Brigade Commander. Lt. Curless was also awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service, and the Purple Heart. Curless was born on July 13, 1947, in Cooperstown. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. Eugene J. Curless, Sr. Curless came to live with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry O. Curless of Medusa, when he was six weeks old, and was raised in Medusa. He attended Berne-Knox Central High school, Berne, and graduated from there after entering the service.

Other awards Lt. Curless had earned prior to his death include the Good Conduct Medal, the Vietnamese Campaign Ribbon, the Combat Infantry Badget, the Expert Badge with Rifle Bar, and the National Defense Service Medal. Published in the Altamont (NY) Enterprise - Albany Co. Post, Page 7, 29 Nov 1968 Issue.
   
Comments/Citation

"1LT Curless distinguished himself by heroic action on March 25, 1968, while serving as Platoon Leader, Company C, 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry on a combat mission. The company came under intense enemy fire. He dismounted his command vehicle and directed his men's fire on the enemy positions. Realizing that the enemy fire was so intense that the wounded men could not be evacuated, he organized a rifle squad and personally led the element against the enemy. The assault caused the enemy force to withdraw and allowed the extraction of all wounded personnel. As Lt. Curless was covering the withdrawal of the remaining friendly troops he was mortally wounded by the intense enemy fire. Lt. Curless personal bravery, aggressiveness, and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest tradition of the military service, and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army."

   
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