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James Elliott Williams



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.

Florence National Cemetery

Born:  November 13, 1930 at Rock Hill, SC

Entered Service in the US Navy from Columbia, SC

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism October 31, 1966 at Mekong River, Vietnam

Died:  October 13, 1999 at the age of 69

Boatswain's Mate First Class Williams, Captain and Patrol Officer aboard River Patrol Boat 105, was accompanied by another patrol boat when he was taken under fire by two enemy sampans. He ordered return fire returned killing the crew of one and causing the other sampan flee. Pursuing it his patrol encountered heavy fire from enemy forces along the river bank. With utter disregard for his safety he exposed himself to the hail of enemy fire to direct and inspire the actions of his patrol. He deployed his patrol to await the arrival of armed helicopters when he discovered an even larger concentration of enemy boats. Not waiting for the arrival of the helicopters, he attacked and damaged or destroyed 50 enemy sampans and seven junks. Now virtually dark, he ordered the boats' search lights turned on to illuminate the area and moved perilously close to shore to press the attack. Despite a waning supply of ammunition the patrol successfully engaged the enemy ashore and completed the rout of the enemy force. Under the leadership of Petty Officer Williams throughout the three hour battle, the patrol accounted for the destruction or loss of 65 enemy boats and inflicted numerous casualties on the enemy personnel.



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