11 June 1968 — Quang Tri Providence, Vietnam
Second Lieutenant Michael Lee Dewlen joined Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, Republic of South Vietnam on 6 May 1968. He was a Basic Field Artillery Officer in charge of Fire Direction Control of the 105 Howtizers.
During operation LZ Torch, near Khe Sanh, in the early morning hours of 11 June 1968, Charlie Battery was occupying a defensive position when the Marines suddenly came under a heavy volume of mortar and small arms, with automatic weapons fire supporting an aggressive assault by a company size North Vietnamese Army Force. Upon learning that the enemy unit had penetrated his battery's perimeter, Lieutenant Dewlen unhesitatingly left his position of relative safety and rapidly assembled and led a small group of men to block the enemy advance. He continued to skillfully lead his men in fierce close combat until he was mortally wounded by small arms fire. His actions gave his unit time to organize a counter attack which forced the North Vietnamese Army to withdraw.
He was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart posthumously