John Luther Fuller, Jr

Second Lieutenant
United States Marine Corps
10 June 1944 - 23 March 1967
Atlanta, GA
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Navy Cross

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, RVN Millitary Merit, RVN Gallantry Cross, RVN Campaign medals

The database page for John Luther Fuller, Jr

Veterans' Day, 2000

Johnny Fuller was a member of the Class of '66 at the Citadel. We remembered each of our fallen classmates at our 30th re-union at the Citadel in 1998. All will be remembered as friends and classmates.

Our lives are all much the better for having known and loved you. Rest in peace, dear friends. You will always be remembered.

Jim Chappelear
8412 Forest Creek Rd, Waldorf MD 20603
Class of 1968
The Citadel

Barry Allmond John Bradman Chris Clearwaters
Johnny Fuller Carl Peterson Buddy Suprenant
Bob Woodhouse

Navy Cross

The President of the United States
takes pride in presenting the


posthumously to

Second Lieutenant
United States Marine Corps

for service as set forth in the following


For extraordinary heroism in action against insurgent communist (Viet Cong) forces while serving as Platoon Leader, Third Platoon, Company E, Second Battalion, Fifth Marines on 23 March 1967. During Operation NEW CASTLE, Second Lieutenant Fuller's platoon was manoeuvering toward the fortified village of Dai Khuong 1, Quang Nam Province, when they were undertaken by intense small arms, mortar and recoilless rifle fire from a well-entrenched enemy force. Moving with the lead squad, Second Lieutenant Fuller was wounded by the initial burst of fire. Unmindful of his wound, he stationed himself to direct fire on the advancing enemy and while positioning and encouraging his men, he was struck again by enemy fire. Although suffering from a severe loss of blood he courageously began manoeuvering toward the radio position of the platoon, with the intention of directing artillery fire on the enemy, knowing it would save the lives of the other Marines. In his advance toward the radio, he received his fatal wound; however, his profound sense of duty and determination enabled him to reach the radio, but he lost consciousness and subsequently died of his wounds while attempting to call in the artillery fire. Inspired by his apparent calm, valiant fighting spirit and dynamic leadership, his Marines went on to defeat the Viet Cong in this fierce battle. Second Lieutenant Fuller's daring initiative and his undying devotion to duty reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
In 1987, Johnny Fuller's classmates placed a memorial plaque at The Galleria in Atlanta, Georgia, in his honor.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a college classmate,
Jim Chappelear
8412 Forest Creek Rd, Waldorf MD 
11 Nov 2000

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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