(1948 – 1969) Private First Class, USMC, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein). Entered service in Phoenix, AZ. Cited for action on 23 February 1969 in the Republic of Vietnam. To save the life of a wounded fellow Marine, PFC Austin first threw himself between the Marine and a grenade, absorbing the effects of its detonation. He then placed himself between the Marine and an enemy soldier and was mortally wounded.
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