Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, Combined Action platoon 1-3-2,
111 Marine Amphibious Force.
and Date: Quang
Ngai province, Republic of Vietnam, 8 May 1970.
2 June 1951, San Antonio,
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 L/Cpl.
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 L/Cpl. 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, L/Cpl. 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