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William Raymond Prom

 

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Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.


Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.


Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Allegheny Memorial Park

Born:  November 17, 1948 at Pittsburgh, PA

Entered Service in the US Marine Corps from Pittsburgh, PA

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism February 09, 1969 at An Hoa, Vietnam

Died:  February 09, 1969 at the age of 20

While returning from a reconnaissance operation during Operation TAYLOR COMMON, two platoons of Lance Corporal Prom's company came under intense automatic weapons and grenade attack from a well concealed enemy force in fortified positions. The lead element was isolated and several Marines were wounded. Lance Corporal Prom immediately assumed control of one of his machineguns and began to deliver return fire. Disregarding his safety he advanced to a position from which he could more effectively deliver covering fire while first aid was administered to the wounded. Knowing that the enemy would have to be destroyed before the injured Marines could be evacuated, he again moved forward and delivered a heavy volume of fire that routed the enemy, permitting his men to regroup and resume their march. Shortly thereafter the platoon again came under fire in which one man was critically wounded. Reacting instantly, Lance Corporal Prom moved forward to protect his injured comrade. Unable to continue his fire because of his severe wounds, he advanced within a few yards to the enemy positions. There, standing in full view of the enemy, he directed the fire of his support elements until he was mortally wounded.

 

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