Seabees hold Battle of Dong Xoai reenactment in honor of Marvin Shields
The Naval Construction Battalion Center hosted a reenactment ceremony of the Battle of Dong Xoai, honoring Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Marvin Shields.
He’s the first Seabee to receive the Medal of Honor.
On June 19th, 1965, Seabee Technical Assistance Team 1104, 11 members of U.S. Army Special Forces A Team 342 and 400 Vietnamese Defense Force men were at camp when approximately 2,000 Vietcong men launched an attack on the group.
Shields is known for his courageous acts during the battle. Shields was wounded several times but continued helping carry up ammunition to the firing line, helping injured soldiers to safety.
He even volunteered to help in taking down a machine gun which had the entire camp pinned down.
Soon after, Shields died from those wounds, but is recognized for saving countless lives during the fight. Chief Select Clarke Stocker, portrayed Shields in the reenactment, said, “In boot camp, I was on the Marvin G. Shields ship. I’ve always heard the story coming up. It’s a huge part of our Seabee combat warfare program, and there was a member in attendance today that actually served with Marvin, so being able to do that in front of him was incredibly humbling.”
Shields was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on September 13th, 1966.