A Marine's Story: PFC Oscar Palmer Austin


Private First Class Oscar Palmer Austin was born on January 15th, 1949 in the town of Nacogdoches Texas.   His family relocated to Phoenix Arizona while he was young and he attended Phoenix Union High School.   He worked delivering newspapers and at a laundromat prior to his enlistment.

He enlisted April 22, 1968, to the US Marine Corps, and deployed to Vietnam with Company E, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines.

On February 23, 1968 PFC Austin would earn a Congressional Medal of Honor when his post, located near De Nang,  came under attack by a large enemy force.  He put himself between a wounded member of his unit and a grenade, and then moments later, shielded the same Marine from enemy fire, suffering fatal wounds.

He rests at the Greenwood Memory Cemetery in Phoenix Arizona.