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First Name: Terrence

Last Name: Graves

Birthplace: Corpus Christi, TX, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Marines (present)

Middle Name: Collinson

Date of Birth: 06 July 1945

Date of Death: 16 February 1968

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Years Served: 1967-1968
Terrence Collinson Graves

•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


Terrence Collinson Graves
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
Medal of Honor Recipient
Vietnam War

Second Lieutenant Terrence Collinson Graves (6 July 1945 - 16 February 1968) was a U.S. Marine who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for "outstanding courage, superb leadership and indomitable fighting spirit" in Vietnam on 16 February 1968. He was killed in action at the end of this day of intense fighting.

Terrence Collinson Graves was born on 6 July 1945, in Corpus Christi, TX, and grew up in Groton, NY. He graduated from Edmeston Central High School, Edmeston, NY, in 1963, and from Miami University, Oxford, OH, with a B.A. degree on 19 April 1967.

During his school years, he was a senior patrol leader of the Boy Scouts of America and President of the Methodist Youth Fellowship. Graves was battalion commander of his NROTC unit while attending Miami University.

Marine Corps Service

In 1967, Graves was commissioned a Marine Corps second lieutenant upon graduation from Miami University. He completed The Basic School, Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, VA, in November 1967.

In December 1967, he arrived in the Republic of Vietnam, where he was assigned duty as a platoon commander of "Team Box Score," 3rd Force Reconnaissance Company, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division. While on patrol at Quang Tri Province on 16 February 1968, his recon patrol was met by enemy soldiers. At the end of a fierce fight with the enemy, he was killed in action when the helicopter he had boarded crashed after being hit by enemy fire.

Medal of Honor

The President of the United States in the name of United States Congress takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR posthumously to


for service as set forth in the following CITATION:

"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a platoon commander with the 3rd Force Reconnaissance Company. While on a long-range reconnaissance mission, 2d Lt. Graves' 8-man patrol observed 7 enemy soldiers approaching their position. Reacting instantly, he deployed his men and directed their fire on the approaching enemy. After the fire had ceased, he and 2 patrol members commenced a search of the area, and suddenly came under a heavy volume of hostile small arms and automatic weapons fire from a numerically superior enemy force. When 1 of his men was hit by the enemy fire, 2d Lt. Graves moved through the fire-swept area to his radio and, while directing suppressive fire from his men, requested air support and adjusted a heavy volume of artillery and helicopter gunship fire upon the enemy. After attending the wounded, 2d Lt. Graves, accompanied by another Marine, moved from his relatively safe position to confirm the results of the earlier engagement. Observing that several of the enemy were still alive, he launched a determined assault, eliminating the remaining enemy troops. He then began moving the patrol to a landing zone for extraction, when the unit again came under intense fire which wounded 2 more Marines and 2d Lt. Graves. Refusing medical attention, he once more adjusted air strikes and artillery fire upon the enemy while directing the fire of his men. He led his men to a new landing site into which he skillfully guided the incoming aircraft and boarded his men while remaining exposed to the hostile fire. Realizing that 1 of the wounded had not embarked, he directed the aircraft to depart and, along with another Marine, moved to the side of the casualty. Confronted with a shortage of ammunition, 2d Lt. Graves utilized supporting arms and directed fire until a second helicopter arrived. At this point, the volume of enemy fire intensified, hitting the helicopter and causing it to crash shortly after liftoff. All aboard were killed. 2d Lt. Graves' outstanding courage, superb leadership and indomitable fighting spirit throughout the day were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Navy. He gallantly gave his life for his country."

/s/ Richard M. Nixon

Medals and Awards

Medal of Honor
Purple Heart
Combat Action Ribbon
National Defense Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Silver Star
Vietnam Campaign Medal

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Graves' name is inscribed on Panel 39E - Row 071.


• In 2001, a memorial honoring Graves was dedicated on Main Street in the village of Groton, Tompkins County, NY.

• Graves Hall, Officer Barracks, The Basic School, Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA, is named in honor of Terrence Graves

• Graves Lounge, Millett Hall, Miami University, is named in honor of 2LT Graves. His Medal of Honor and citation are on display there.

• Terrance Graves Marine Corps League Chapter, Butler County, OH, is named in honor of 2LT Graves

Death and Burial

Second Lieutenant Terrence Collinson Graves was killed in action on 16 February 1968. He is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Hamilton, Madison County, NY.

Honoree ID: 962   Created by: MHOH




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