Last Name: PERKINS, JR.

First Name: WILLIAM

Middle Name: T.

Rank: Corporal

 

Award: Medal of Honor Year: 1967 Unit: 1/1/1

Location: Republic of South Vietnam 

 

 

 

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR

posthumously to

CORPORAL WILLIAM T. PERKINS, JR.

UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

for service as set forth in the following CITATION:

 

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, First Battalion, First Marines, First Marine Division, in the Republic of Vietnam on 12 October 1967. 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 two to three 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 Corporal Perkins and three 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 own body thereby saving the lives of his comrades at the cost of his own. Through his exceptional courage and inspiring valor in the face of certain death, Corporal Perkins reflected great credit upon himself and the Marine Corps and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

/S/ RICHARD M. NIXON

 

CPL - E4 - Marine Corps - Regular

20 year old Single, Caucasian, Male

Born on Aug 10, 1947

From SEPULVEDA, CALIFORNIA

Length of service 1 year.

Casualty was on Oct 12, 1967

in QUANG TRI, SOUTH VIETNAM

HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY

OTHER EXPLOSIVE DEVICE

Body was recovered

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