The President of the United States takes pleasure
in presenting the BRONZE STAR MEDAL to
PRIVATE FIRST CLASS GARY EUGENE MAY
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
for service as set forth in the following
For meritorious service while serving as a Rifleman with the 1st Platoon, Company 'K', 3d Battalion, 27th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein), in connection with operations against insurgent communist (Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army) forces in the Republic of Vietnam from 20 February 1968 to 12 April 1968. Throughout this period Private First Class MAY displayed exceptional professional skill and resourcefulness in the performance or his demanding duties. Upon joining his unit, he quickly established a reputation for initiative and courage while performing his duties as a Rifleman. Participating in numerous combat patrols and daytime sweeps, he fearlessly exposed himself to enemy fire on countless occasions while aggressively closing with the enemy. This dynamic Marine's continuous efforts to improve himself and his squad reflected in his initiative and personal dedication in striving to maintain perfection whether it be in the care of weapons and equipment or his own personal performance of duty. By his willingness to place himself in the forefront of the action and through alertness and keen perception, he contributed immeasurably to the accomplishment of his platoon's mission. When on patrol, Private First Class MAY carefully observed potential ambush sites and located many hidden enemy explosive devices before they were detonated. On 23 February 1968, while aggressively closing with the enemy, he was wounded by an enemy grenade. After receiving treatment at the Battalion Aid Station, he demonstrated selfless devotion to duty by volunteering to rejoin his platoon despite the fact that he was still convalescing from his wound. In the early morning hours of 12 April 1968, while serving as the
point man for a reinforced squad patrol moving to ambush positions near a hamlet, Private First Class MAY was seriously wounded when a hidden enemy explosive device was detonated. Disregarding his own serious wounds, he displayed outstanding courage as he directed the efforts of his fellow Marines, offering words of encouragement. By his bold initiative, sustained courage, outstanding professionalism and selfless devotion to duty throughout, Private First Class MAY upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Private First Class MAY is authorized to wear the Combat "V".