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SGT William David Port

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SGT William David Port

  • Birth 13 Oct 1941 Petersburg, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 27 Nov 1968 Quang Nam, Vietnam
  • Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
  • Plot Section 7-8120-B
  • Memorial ID 7668636

Vietnam Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. He served in United States Army during the war in Vietnam as a Sergeant in Company C, 5th Battalion, 7th United States Cavalry, 1st Air Cavalry Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at the Que Son Valley, Heip Duc Province, Republic of Vietnam, on January 12, 1968. His citation reads "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Port distinguished himself while serving as a rifleman with Company C, which was conducting combat operations against an enemy force in the Que Son Valley. As Sgt. Port's platoon was moving to cut off a reported movement of enemy soldiers, the platoon came under heavy fire from an entrenched enemy force. The platoon was forced to withdraw due to the intensity and ferocity of the fire. Although wounded in the hand as the withdrawal began, Sgt. Port, with complete disregard for his safety, ran through the heavy fire to assist a wounded comrade back to the safety of the platoon perimeter. As the enemy forces assaulted in the perimeter, Sgt. Port and 3 comrades were in position behind an embankment when an enemy grenade landed in their midst. Sgt. Port, realizing the danger to his fellow soldiers, shouted the warning, "Grenade," and unhesitatingly hurled himself towards the grenade to shield his comrades from the explosion. Through his exemplary courage and devotion he saved the lives of his fellow soldiers and gave the members of his platoon the inspiration needed to hold their position. Sgt. Port's selfless concern for his comrades, at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest tradition of the military service and reflect great credit on himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army." He was seriously wounded in the action and was taken prisoner, dying in a prisoner of war camp on November 27, 1968. Buried in a common grave in the jungle with eight other prisoners of war, his remains were located by a United States team working with the Vietnamese government in August 1985. In October 1985, his remains were positively identified and returned to the United States for burial. His Medal of Honor was presented to his widow by President Richard Nixon on August 6, 1970.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 9 Jul 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7668636
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SGT William David Port (13 Oct 1941–27 Nov 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7668636, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .