10 March 1975
BATTALION LANDING TEAM BULLETIN 1650
From: Commanding Officer
To: Distribution List
Subj: Meritorious Mast
Ref: (a) MCO P1070.8
(b) MCO 1650.19
1. Purpose. To publish the awarding of a Meritorious Mast to Sergeant Benjamin A. Drake, 366 52 ****/0369, USMC, authorized by reference (a).
2. Citation. At 2115 on 5 November 1975, Sgt DRAKE, a member of Battalion Landing Team 2/8, 32d Marine Amphibious Unit, distinguished himself in the performance of his duties as Shore Patrolman during port stay Monte Carlo, Monaco, by taking immediate positive action when he observed a member of the ship's crew, USS PONCE, fall from the fleet landing pier, into the pier water. Sgt DRAKE's sound judgment and quick action, of diving into the water and assisting the sailor to the safety of the fleet landing pier, reflect the discipline and courage that become inherent in all good Marines. It is with great pleasure that I commend you on this Meritorious Mast for upholding the finest professional standards of the United States Marine Corps.
3. Action. By copy hereof, the Commanding Officer, Headquarters and Service Company (-), Battalion Landing Team 2/8 and your reporting senior are directed to take appropriate administrative action as set forth in references (a) and (b).
4. Self-Cancellation. 30 June 1975.