|Birth: ||Oct. 31, 1941|
|Death: ||Jan. 12, 1968, Vietnam|
William David Port
Sergeant, U.S. Army
7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division
Entered the Service From: Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
Date of Birth: October 31, 1941
Date of Death: January 12, 1968
Wars or Conflicts: Vietnam War
Memorialized: Courts of the Missing: Court B
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
Awards Medal of Honor (Army)
Sergeant Port was a rifleman with Company C, 5th Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Division. On January 12, 1968, he was wounded at Que Son Valley, Heip Duc Province, South Vietnam and assisted his wounded comrades.
When an enemy grenade fell amongst them, he warned his group and fell upon it.
He was taken prisoner, badly wounded and died on November 27, 1968.
He was awarded the Medal of Honor.
His remains were recovered on August 14, 1985 and identified on October 7, 1985.
His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial
Port's body was recovered along with a number of other US POW's. He was divorced, so his children were presented his CMH.
Basically, they got into a minor skirmish. He was slightly wounded in the hand I think and tended to others in his squad who were really injured. Then a grenade landed amongst all of them. Bill immediately shouted a warning and covered it with his body. He lived but was badly hurt which made it worse in the jungle.
He saved all of his mates by doing this. He was in agony the whole time, barely talked. Simply critically injured. The Americans tried to help him but to no avail. The gooks did precious little as usual.
Eleven months later, he died and was buried in a mass grave with other POWs. He was the last CMH awardee to have his body recovered.
Plot: Courts of the Missing
Created by: Elizabeth Olmstead
Record added: Aug 18, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 134546092