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THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
Washington



The President of the United States, takes pride in presenting the
NAVY CROSS posthumously to:


HOSPITALMAN GERALD C. MC KEEN
UNITED STATES NAVY

for service as set forth in the following:


CITATION:


For extraordinary heroism on 24 September, 1966 as a Platoon Corpsman, Company "G", Second Battalion, Seventh Marines, during Operation
PRAIRIE in Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam. While moving throught an unfamiliar area, the company came under intense mortar,
machine-gun and sniper fire from what was later estimated to be a North Vietnamese regiment. Although seriously wounded by a large piece of
shrapnel, Hospitalman McKeen refused aid from his fellow corpsman and began crawling from one wounded man to another, rendering medical
treatment. At one time, he crawled more than twenty meters under devestating fire to assist an exposed machine-gun team. While aiding the
wounded Marines, Hospitalman McKeen received another severe wound which partially immobilized him. Once again he refused treatment,
insisting that the other wounded be treated first. Many of these casualties were less seriously wounded than himself. Finally, after three hours, when
his physical condition prevented him from continuing, Hospitalman McKeen crawled more than fifty meters back to the company command post
where he succumbed to his wounds. By his inspiring and valiant efforts in behalf of his comrades, Hospitalman McKeen upheld the highest
traditions of the United States Naval Service.



For the President,


Secretary of the Navy