Wednesday, July 6, 2016
A Marine's Story: PFC Oscar Palmer Austin
He enlisted April 22, 1968, to the US Marine Corps, and deployed to Vietnam with Company E, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines.
PFC Austin put himself between an unconscious member of his unit and a grenade, and then moments later, shielded the same Marine from enemy fire, suffering fatal wounds.
He was awarded the Medal of Honor (posthumously). He is honored on the Vietnam War Memorial panel 32 W Row 88 and the USS Oscar Austin is named on his behalf.