|John Paul Bobo|
John P. Bobo, Medal of Honor recipient
|Born||February 14, 1943|
|Died||March 30, 1967(aged 24)|
|Place of birth||Niagara Falls, New York|
|Place of death||KIA in Vietnam|
Gate of Heaven Cemetery,|
Lewiston, New York
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1965-1967|
|Unit||3rd Battalion 9th Marines|
Medal of Honor|
Civil Actions Ribbon
Combat Action Ribbon
Biography[edit | edit source]
John Paul Bobo was born on February 14, 1943 in Niagara Falls, New York. He attended Bishop Duffy High School where he is today distinguished as an honored alum. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve on May 28, 1965 in Buffalo, New York, while attending Niagara University. Then he received a B.A. Degree in History from the University in June 1965 and was commissioned a Marine Corps Reserve second lieutenant on December 17, 1965.
Following graduation, he was ordered to the Republic of Vietnam. There he was assigned duty as platoon commander, Company I, 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division. While serving in this capacity during Operation Prairie III, he was mortally wounded when NVA forces attacked his Company's night ambush position on March 30, 1967. He was 24 years old.
He is buried in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Lewiston, New York.
Awards and honors[edit | edit source]
2nd Lieutenant Bobo's awards include:
|Medal of Honor|
|Purple Heart||National Defense Service Medal||Vietnam Service Medal w/ 1 service star|
|National Order of Vietnam, Knight||Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/ palm||Vietnam Campaign Medal|
The U.S. Navy has three classes of ships in its Marine Prepositioning Fleet — the newest class, which were built by General Dynamics and delivered to Military Sealift Command in the mid-1980s, are named the 2nd Lt. John P. Bobo Class.
The lead ship of this class is the 673-foot (205 m) long maritime prepositioning ship USNS 2nd Lt. John P. Bobo. Since 1985, the ship had been under long-term lease to Military Sealift Command from American Overseas Marine. On January 16, 2007, the Military Sealift Command purchased the 673-foot (205 m) maritime prepositioning ship, USNS 2nd Lt. John P. Bobo.
Medal of Honor citation[edit | edit source]
The President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR posthumously to
SECOND LIEUTENANT JOHN P. BOBO
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
for service as set forth in the following CITATION:
- For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Weapons Platoon Commander, Company I, Third Battalion, Ninth Marines, Third Marine Division, in Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam, on 30 March 1967. Company I was establishing night ambush sites when the command group was attacked by a reinforced North Vietnamese company supported by heavy automatic weapons and mortar fire. Lieutenant Bobo immediately organized a hasty defense and moved from position to position encouraging the outnumbered Marines despite the murderous enemy fire. Recovering a rocket launcher from among the friendly casualties, he organized a new launcher team and directed its fire into the enemy machine gun position. When an exploding enemy mortar round severed Lieutenant Bobo's right leg below the knee, he refused to be evacuated and insisted upon being placed in a firing position to cover the movement of the command group to a better location. With a web belt around his leg serving as tourniquet and with his leg jammed into the dirt to curtail the bleeding, he remained in this position and delivered devastating fire into the ranks of the enemy attempting to overrun the Marines. Lieutenant Bobo was mortally wounded while firing his weapon into the mainpoint of the enemy attack but his valiant spirit inspired his men to heroic efforts, and his tenacious stand enabled the command group to gain a protective position where it repulsed the enemy onslaught. Lieutenant Bobo's superb leadership, dauntless courage, and bold initiative reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
See also[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
- "Maritime Prepositioning Ships - T-AK". The United States Navy — Fact File. USN. http://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_display.asp?cid=4600&tid=200&ct=4. Retrieved 2007-05-31.
- "Military Sealift Command Ship Inventory". United States Navy. http://www.msc.navy.mil/inventory/ships.asp?ship=15&type=ContainerRollonRolloffShip. Retrieved 2007-05-31.
- "US MSC Buying USNS 2nd Lt. John P. Bobo". Defense Industry Daily. January 18, 2007. http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/us-msc-buying-usns-2nd-lt-john-p-bobo-02962/. Retrieved 2007-05-31.
- Mishalov, Neil. "Bobo, John". Mishalov.com. http://www.mishalov.com/Bobo.html. Retrieved 2007-05-31.
- "2Lt John Paul Bobo". The Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The Wall-USA. http://thewall-usa.com/info.asp?recid=4482. Retrieved 2007-05-31.
- 2dLt John P. Bobo, Marines Awarded the Medal of Honor.
References[edit | edit source]
This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Marine Corps.
- "Second Lieutenant John Paul Bobo, USMC". Who's Who in Marine Corps History. History Division, United States Marine Corps. http://www.tecom.usmc.mil/HD/Whos_Who/Bobo_JP.htm. Retrieved 2007-10-21.
- ""General characteristics, 2nd Lt. John P. Bobo Class", Maritime Prepositioning Ships - T-AK". The United States Navy — Fact File. United States Navy. August 22, 2007. http://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_display.asp?cid=4600&tid=200&ct=4. Retrieved 2007-05-31.
- "Medal of Honor — 2dLt John P. Bobo (Medal of Honor citation)". Marines Awarded the Medal of Honor. History Division, United States Marine Corps. Archived from the original on 2007-01-11. http://web.archive.org/web/20070111170634/http://www.usmc.mil/moh.nsf/000003c919889c0385255f980058f5b6/000003c919889c0385255fa2005b97cb?OpenDocument.
- "John P. Bobo". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/memorial/6680203. Retrieved 2007-10-21.
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