Miguel Keith

Lance Corporal
CAP 1-3-2, CA CO 1-3, 1ST CA GRP, 3RD MAF
United States Marine Corps
02 June 1951 - 08 May 1970
Omaha, NE
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Medal of Honor

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Miguel Keith

Miguel Keith


The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pride in presenting the

Medal of Honor

posthumously to

Miguel Keith
Lance Corporal,
United States Marine Corps

for service as set forth in the following


For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a machine gunner with Combined Action platoon 1-3-2. During the early morning LCPL Keith was seriously wounded when his platoon was subjected to a heavy ground attack by a greatly outnumbering enemy force. Despite his painful wounds, he ran across the fire-swept terrain to check the security of vital defensive positions and then, while completely exposed to view, proceeded to deliver a hail of devastating machinegun fire against the enemy. Determined to stop 5 of the enemy soldiers approaching the command post, he rushed forward, firing as he advanced. He succeeded in disposing of 3 of the attackers and in dispersing the remaining 2. At this point, a grenade detonated near LCPL Keith, knocking him to the ground and inflicting further severe wounds. Fighting pain and weakness from loss of blood, he again braved the concentrated hostile fire to charge an estimated 25 enemy soldiers who were massing to attack. The vigor of his assault and his well-placed fire eliminated 4 of the enemy soldiers while the remainder fled for cover. During this valiant effort, he was mortally wounded by an enemy soldier. By his courageous and inspiring performance in the face of almost overwhelming odds, LCPL Keith contributed in large measure to the success of his platoon in routing a numerically superior enemy force, and upheld the finest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the U.S. Naval Service.

Lance Corporal Keith is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetary, Omaha, Nebraska.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a friend,
Kelly Matthews
30 May 2003

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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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