Silver Star  Citation
Hugh John Sullivan , Jr.
Date of birth: May 14, 1942
Date of death: June 5, 1965
Place of Birth: Pennsylvania, Easton
Home of record: Allentown Pennsylvania
AWARDS AND CITATIONS
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Sergeant Hugh John Sullivan, Jr. (MCSN: 1915920), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity during operations against the enemy while serving as a machine gun squad leader in Company C, First Battalion, Third Marines, THIRD Marine Division, near the village of La Chau on the bank of the Song Yen River in Vietnam on 5 June 1965. When the rifle platoon to which he was attached was attacked by a Viet Cong force firing automatic weapons from well-concealed positions he quickly moved a machine gun into a position from which accurate fire could be brought to bear on the enemy in order that wounded men could be safely evacuated. He remained in this area approximately two hours, with complete disregard for his own safety, fearlessly exposing himself to enemy fire in order to improve the location of the gun. During one such movement of the gun in order to protect the landing of a helicopter ambulance, he was mortally wounded and died two hours later. His aggressiveness and coolness under fire undoubtedly saved other Marines from injury or death. Sergeant Sullivan's bravery, determined fighting spirit and self-sacrificing efforts in behalf of his comrades were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the cause of freedom.
Action Date: June 5, 1965
Service: Marine Corps
Company: Company C
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Regiment: 3d Marines
Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
Jun 5, 2015
HONORING A YOUNG BRAVE MARINE HERO
HONORING THIS BRAVE YOUNG MARINE HERO
THIS MAN HAS GIVEN OF HIMSELF EVERTHING HE COULD, SO THAT HIS BROTHER MARINES AND THE PEOPLE BACK HOME COULD LIVE A MORE PEACEFUL LIFE. THIS GIFT OF HIS LIFE SHOWS THE GREATNESS OF THIS HERO. HERO'S DON'T WEAR A CAPE OR MASK NO! THEY WEAR MARINE GREEN.HERO'S COME IN DIFFERENT SHAPE'S AND SIZE'S. AS EACH DAY PASSES,WE MUST TAKE THE TIME TO REMEMBER WHAT THIS HERO GAVE UP! SO THAT WE COULD LIVE IN A FREE SOCIETY. THANK YOU ! SEMPER FI! HERO YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN DOSEN'T MATTER IF YOU ARE A 2YR, 3YR, 4YR, ENLISTMENT OR A DRAFTEE OR RESERVIST,OFFICER OR ENLISTED YOU HAVE EARNED THE TITTLE OF U.S. MARINE! A NATION CRIES OUT FOR THE LOSS OF ONE OF ITS SON'S.
Jun 5, 2014
Grade school classmate
6084 Redpine Ridge Rhinelander WI 54501 USA
Will be sadly missed
On the occasion of the 50th High School Class reunion of Wilson High School in Easton, PA on October 15, 2011 myself and a number of his other former classmates of Hay School will lift a glass in remembrance of our friend and fine young man who died too young. I was away serving in the Air Force at a SAC Base and was not aware for a long time that Hugh had been lost.
May God Bless you, Hugh.
Sep 24, 2011
Grand Junction Co
~ You Are Not Forgotten ~
In Tribute to Sgt Hugh John Sullivan and with Profound Gratitude for his Courage, Service and Dedication to our Country and for Freedom. Rest in Peace and know that you will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. I am the sister of Sgt David Dickinson, who also made the Supreme Sacrifice in Vietnam 1967.....'TO LIVE IN THE HEARTS OF THOSE YOU LEAVE BEHIND, IS NEVER TO DIE' ~Robert Orr~
May 14, 2009
I read Rumor of War and felt like I knew some of the brave men depicted in the book. May God Bless all of the soldiers who served and made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam. You are not forgotten.
Apr 30, 2009
4833 Longwater Way Tampa FL 33615 US
I will always remember you as the easy going Sgt who never got angry when the pay clerks tried to mix up our pay. I move to 1/9 before you loss but when I heard I cried. Loving Brother, Hugh C. Sullivan, Jr.
Apr 17, 2009
Fellow Veteran 69-70 An Khe
Union Gap, WA. 98903
“You are Remembered”
Peace and condolence, to the family and friends. "He which hath no stomach to this fight let him depart. But we in it shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers!! For he today, that sheds his blood with me, shall always be my brother”. Rest in peace brave soldier, you have not been forgotten. (W.Shakespeare) May God Bless You for your Sacrifice!!!
May 14, 2008
Served with him in Vietnam
2480 Seaview Drive Port Townsend WA 98368 USA
I've never forgotten
I was stationed on hill 268 with a remote radar unit in late Feb or Mar 65. Sgt Sullivan and his group where there to among other things protect us, as there were only 2-3 of our unit there. He was the only member of 1/3 that I really became close with and whenever I had chance would seek him out just to talk as friends. I had gone on RR in late May and when I got back, looked for him and found out what had happened. I've never forgotten him and never will.......Pete Leonard
Should have wiritten this years ago.......I still remember how respectful his men were with him...........
Nov 9, 2007
RR1 Box 5650
Lubec, ME 04652 U.S.A
Lest We Forget
My Dad served in Vietnam. I took a Vietnam Lit course and read A Rumor Of War and found your name. I wish your son could have known you, you seemed so special, and so young. I'm twenty-five, you were younger than me and I still feel like a kid. My prayers are with you and I want to thank you for being a hero. Respectfully yours, Jalene Marie Dinsmore
Monday, March 27, 2000
I read about this hero in Rumor of War
Columbia,SC 29036 USA
My father was killed in Vietnam. I read Rumor of War to learn more about Vietnam and read about you. I wanted to let you and your loved one's know that I was thinking about you. You are a hero and are not forgotten. Sandra Kerr, PDO Capt. Richard Allen Kerr, KIA 1/31/68
Sunday, October 17, 1999