Two Purple Hearts and other medals awarded to a Marine killed in Vietnam were posthumously presented to the fallen hero at a ceremony in Pennsylvania on Saturday
Lance Corporal Jimmy Reddington, a Scranton native, was 19 when he was killed in March 23, 1967. He had been to Vietnam every three months.
The ceremony, which took place just in time for Memorial Day in downtown Scranton, attracted a large crowd, including Marines who served with Reddington in Vietnam in the Echo Company 2 nd Battalion, 5 th Marines, reported the Scranton Times-Tribune.
"We remember today not only the Jimmy Reddingtons, but all those who gave their lives with honor for this land in all wars and all conflicts," said Ernie Preate Jr., a marine veteran of the Vietnam War and chairman of the Circle of Friends Jimmy Reddington Memorial Committee, according to the newspaper's crowd.
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R Eddington was killed when he attacked an enemy position, the paper reported. His friend and colleague Joe Silvestri had just been seriously injured in an ambush.
"I never wanted Jimmy to do that! I never wanted him to be so loyal to me, but he was and not only for me, but for the whole squad!" Silvestri said Thursday WBRE-TV.
Reddington's parents and sister are dead and the medals were presented to the Marine Corps League in Scranton.
The Times Tribune reported that a Reddington memorial service will be held with full military honors Sunday at 11am at his grave in the Scranton's Cathedral Cemetery.