The Moving Wall: Spc4 Robert J. Marcavage
Spc4 Robert J. Marcavage
Born Aug. 12, 1947 Died Oct. 15, 1966
Marcavage was born in Shamokin and graduated from Coal Township High School in 1965. He had an interest in boxing.
He enlisted in June 1965 and served as a rifleman with Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry.
Marcavage was instrumental in repelling Viet Cong attacks by delivering a withering volume of accurate fire.
He voluntarily left his covered position and moved through intense enemy fire to collect much-needed ammunition for himself and the platoon sergeant. After gathering ammunition, he returned to his position, where he was mortally wounded when an enemy round struck the light anti-tank weapon he was preparing to fire, causing it to explode.
Marcavage was awarded a Silver Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Combat Infantry Badge, Parachutist Badge, Good Conduct Medal and Vietnam Service Campaign.
Marcavage, who died at age 19, was survived by his mother, Irene Tumolo, of Shamokin. He is remembered on Panel 11E, Line 77.