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  PFC Harry John McGuire III    In memory of our fallen brother

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother"

Alpha Company
1st Battalion
35th Infantry Regiment

Vietnam War

"Not For Fame or Reward
Not For Place or For Rank
But In Simple Obedience To
Duty as They Understood It"

National Defense Service Medal Vietnam Service Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal

The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PFC Harry John McGuire III, who died in the service of his country on May 22nd, 1967 in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Multi-Frag. At the time of his death Harry was 20 years of age. He was from Houlton, Maine. Harry is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 20E, Line 86.

The decorations earned by PFC Harry John McGuire III include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star with V, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.

Harry is buried in Houlton, ME, on the County Road in St Marys Cemetery. His plot is on the left side of the road, in the back and not far from the fence l

Linda Eleiott
My brother
37, South Street, Houlton, ME., 04730, USA
This is my brother. There isn't one single day that goes by that he isn't in my thoughts. I really and truly miss him. He was the greatest brother a sister could ever have. This man was a wonderful person and friend to a lot of people. He is truly missed by all his family and friends. He will always be a hero in my eyes.
Sunday, April 04, 1999

(His BSV Citation)

General Orders 1650, Award of The Bronze Star for Heroism, 4th Division, 30 June 1967

For heroism in connection with military operations against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam on 22 May 1967. On this date, Private First Class McGuire was serving as a rifleman with the 2nd Platoon A, 1/35th Infantry, which was conducting a search and destroy operation near Duc Pho, when the unit began receiving automatic weapons fire from a village. The 2nd Platoon was in an open rice paddy approximately 25 meters from the village. Private First Class McGuire, without hesitation, immediately jumped up and assaulted the enemy position closest to him. He advanced steadily through a hail of enemy fire until he was well within the village, approached the first bunker and destroyed it with a grenade. He then began to advance further into the village in an attempt to knock out the second bunker that he had observed. Private First Class McGuire located the second bunker and began to maneuver around to the other side when he was observed by the enemy and mortally wounded. His heroic actions and personal courage in the face of the enemy were an inspiration to all of the men in his platoon and aided greatly in the accomplishment of the platoon's mission. Private First Class McGuires outstanding display of aggressiveness, devotion to duty, and personal bravery are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.