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Corp William Charles “Bill” Wirick

Birth
Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio, USA
Death 8 Dec 1968 (aged 20)
Quang Nam, Vietnam
Burial Ottawa Hills, Lucas County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 65741254 · View Source
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US Marine Corps
Vietnam Veteran


Co I, 3rd Battalion, 26th Mar, 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade


Navy Cross Citation:
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Corporal William Charles Wirick , United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Mortar Section Leader with Company I, Third Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, Ninth Marine Amphibious Brigade, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the night of 8 December 1968, while Corporal Wirick's platoon was maneuvering across a large open rice paddy, the Marines were pinned down by a heavy volume of automatic weapons fire from a hostile force occupying well-fortified emplacements, and were then subjected to intense sniper fire from enemy soldiers located in elevated positions. Although seriously wounded during the initial moments of the fierce fire fight, Corporal Wirick ignored his painful injury and maneuvered boldly across the fire-swept terrain, supervising the evacuation of other casualties. Observing that another wounded and helpless companion had become a vulnerable target for sniper fire, Corporal Wirick unhesitatingly threw himself across his companion and, with his own body, absorbed the primary effects of several sniper rounds. His heroic action and selfless concern for his fellowman inspired all who observed him and saved the life of another Marine. By his courage, bold initiative and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of grave personal danger, Corporal Wirick upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country.



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  • Maintained by: Tony
  • Originally Created by: Pennsylvania Lady
  • Added: 16 Feb 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 65741254
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Corp William Charles “Bill” Wirick (30 Apr 1948–8 Dec 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 65741254, citing Ottawa Hills Memorial Park, Ottawa Hills, Lucas County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Tony (contributor 47235247) .