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 William Thomas Perkins, Jr

William Thomas Perkins, Jr

Birth
Rochester, Monroe County, New York, USA
Death 12 Oct 1967 (aged 20)
Quang Tri, Vietnam
Burial Mission Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Memorial ID 7861264 · View Source
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Viet Nam Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Perkins served as a Corporal, United States Marine Corps, Company C, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division. He was awarded his medal posthumously for service at Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam, on October 12, 1967. His citation reads-For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a combat photographer attached to Company C. During Operation MEDINA, a major reconnaissance in force southwest of Quang Tri, Company C made heavy combat contact with a numerically superior North Vietnamese Army force estimated at from 2 to 3 companies. The focal point of the intense fighting was a helicopter landing zone which was also serving as the Command Post of Company C. In the course of a strong hostile attack, an enemy grenade landed in the immediate area occupied by Cpl. Perkins and 3 other marines. Realizing the inherent danger, he shouted the warning, "Incoming Grenade" to his fellow marines, and in a valiant act of heroism, hurled himself upon the grenade absorbing the impact of the explosion with his body, thereby saving the lives of his comrades at the cost of his life. Through his exceptional courage and inspiring valor in the face of certain death, Cpl. Perkins reflected great credit upon himself and the Marine Corps and upheld the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

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Medal of Honor
Vietnam


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  • Added: 11 Sep 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7861264
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Thomas Perkins, Jr (10 Aug 1947–12 Oct 1967), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7861264, citing San Fernando Mission Cemetery, Mission Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .