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Wayne Maurice Caron
Birth: Nov. 2, 1946
Middleboro
Plymouth County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Jul. 28, 1968
Tam Kỳ, Vietnam

Viet Nam Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served during the War in Viet Nam in the United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman Third Class in the Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein), FMF. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at Quang Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam, on July 28, 1968. His citation reads “For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as platoon corpsman with Company K,during combat operations against enemy forces. While on a sweep through an open rice field HC3c. Caron's unit started receiving enemy small arms fire. Upon seeing 2 marine casualties fall, he immediately ran forward to render first aid, but found that they were dead. At this time, the platoon was taken under intense small-arms and automatic weapons fire, sustaining additional casualties. As he moved to the aid of his wounded comrades, HC3c. Caron was hit in the arm by enemy fire. Although knocked to the ground, he regained his feet and continued to the injured marines. He rendered medical assistance to the first marine he reached, who was grievously wounded, and undoubtedly was instrumental in saving the man's life. HC3c. Caron then ran toward the second wounded marine, but was again hit by enemy fire, this time in the leg. Nonetheless, he crawled the remaining distance and provided medical aid for this severely wounded man. HC3c. Caron started to make his way to yet another injured comrade, when he was again struck by enemy small-arms fire. Courageously and with unbelievable determination, HC3c. Caron continued his attempt to reach the third marine until he was killed by an enemy rocket round. His inspiring valor, steadfast determination and selfless dedication in the face of extreme danger, sustain and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service”. He had been in Viet Nam for only 25 days before he was killed in action. His Medal was posthumously awarded to his family at the White House by Vice-President Spiro T. Agnew on April 20, 1970. A United States Navy destroyer, the “USS Caron” (DD-970) is named in honor of him. (bio by: Russ Dodge) 
 
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  Aime Joseph Caron (1915 - 2003)
  Lorraine J. Paradise Caron (1920 - 2006)
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 51, Grave 2600
 
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Record added: Feb 08, 2002
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Wayne Maurice Caron
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Thank you for your sacrifice in service to our country and for "supreme dedication to your comrades."
- John S. Sims
 Added: Apr. 26, 2015

- Lazer
 Added: Mar. 20, 2015
You and men like you, are the reason we are free today! As a spouse of a NAVY veteran I salute you sir for the sacrifices that you made!
- CindyS
 Added: Feb. 20, 2015
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