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September 26, 2013

Marines Cordileone and Moffat Finally Honored

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Over forty-six years after the fight, Marines Joe Cordileone and Robert Moffat of Mike Company, Third Battalion, Third Marine Regiment are finally being recognized for their actions in combat at Hill 881 South on April 30, 1967. Cordileone has been honored with a Silver Star and Moffat with a Bronze Star.

A Scene from the Battle for 881

On April 30, 1967, while Cordileone and Moffat were fighting for their lives and the lives of their comrades, Bravo Company, First Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marine Regiment, the subject for the film BRAVO! COMMON MEN, UNCOMMON VALOR, was operating southwest of Danang around Hill 55. Bravo Company and the rest of the First Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines moved up to Khe Sanh in early May of 1967 where they would remain through the Siege of Khe Sanh.

Even though the Vietnam War has been extensively chronicled through a variety of media, the voices and actions of individual veterans of the Vietnam War were muffled for decades, due in part, to the American public’s ambivalence and downright hostility towards the conflict and by association, the men and women who fought it.

Ken Rodgers, co-producer, co-director of BRAVO!, photo courtesy of Kevin Martini-Fuller

When I returned home from Vietnam, my parents picked me up at the airport in Tucson, Arizona and immediately took me to a Mexican Food restaurant where we were joined by my best buddy and his fiancĂ©. While we dined on enchiladas and rellenos, I started telling them what the Siege of Khe Sanh was like. They would not look at me. I remember seeing the overhead light reflected from my father’s balding head as he kept his face buried in his meal. I understood right then, that to talk about the war in Vietnam was something that made people uncomfortable. They didn’t want to discuss it, or they didn’t know how to discuss it.

But now forty-some odd years later, instead of slowly emerging, the individual stories from the veterans themselves are beginning to flood as the men and women who fought in Vietnam get recognition for a job well done in a war that was very unpopular.

A hearty Marine Corps OOOHRAH to Marines Cordileone and Moffat.

You can read more about the awards for Cordileone and Moffat at http://m.utsandiego.com/news/2013/sep/20/marines-khe-sanh-silver-star-medal/.

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  1. Nice article, Ken. And it’s about time Vietnam vets get to tell their stories and what they went through. I know Danny told me that he tried talking to our mom about it and she told him she didn’t want to hear about it. I don’t know if he ever tried telling our dad. If not, maybe he should’ve. My dad was a WW2 vet and just maybe he would’ve sat down and listened. And I wish he would’ve tried telling me. I never found out anything till years later when he told me a few things. About what I found out later was the Ghost Patrol and the patrol he was on when he was wounded. But he only said a little about it. Alot of guys out there have kept it inside for years and need to get it out. It’s time.

    Comment by Jim Horton — September 26, 2013 @ 2:59 pm

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