Sergent Marvin McCord was drafted for the Vietnam War in August 1967. He received a deferment until October 26th, for the birth of his first daughter. He was assigned to the HHC5th BN6th infantry, 1st armed div, ending up in the 25th infantry division. In April 1968, Sgt McCord was hit in his face with shrapnel, and in May 1968 he was hit in his right knee with shrapnel. Another time, while he was wearing the radio pack, he was shot, the radio pack saving his life. He was awarded 2 Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster for meritorious service against hostile forces, Vietnam Service Medal with 3 bronze service stars, Nation Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Sharp Shooter Medal(rifle), Sharp Shooter Medal(pistol), Marksmen 81mm Mortar & 42mm Mortar Medals, Combat Infantry Badge, and the Electric Strawberry Patch.