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Walter "Joe" Marm, Jr was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions in the Ia Drang Valley, Southern Vietnam during November of 1965. During the earliest stages of the war in Vietnam Walter Marm led a squad to a company of soldiers that were pinned down. His mission was to provide re-enforcements to the company in what was to be the first major battle of the war. Along the way Marm's squad became pinned down by a machine gun emplacement. Attempts at suppressing the enemy fire failed and Marm charged the gun himself silencing the enemy threat with a hand grenade and his rifle.
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