Normally the Secretary of the Navy would forward these type of correspondence to the Marine Corps for direct reply. However, we have not received a tasker from the Navy on this case. In the event that we do, we would reply in the same manner as the reply that we will be preparing.In advance, I would think that the Commandant of the Marine Corps would not endorse your request without evidence that there was an administrative error. Additionally there should be an endorsement from the originator of the award recommendation or anyone in the chain of command who endorsed the award, and a recommendation from the Secretary of the Army.
I would like to encourage everyone to read chapter 8 of Expendable Warriors: The Battle of Khe Sanh and the Vietnam War--The Black Cats to the Rescue and then offer any additional facts to augment / correct what is there.
At Gary McClendon's urging Bob Ford and Rich Zeltner agreed at the reunion to take on the task of submitting the final paper work, as former members of the chain of command for the PUC and the Brittingham award.
WHO FOUGHT FOR IT, FREEDOM HAS A FLAVOR THE PROTECTED SHALL NEVER KNOW.
From the wall of a bunker at Khe Sanh