The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*PORT, WILLIAM D.
Rank and organization: Sergeant (then
Pfc.), U.S. Army, Company C, 5th Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Air Cavalry Division. Place
and Date: Que Son Valley, Heip Duc Province, Republic of Vietnam, 12 January 1968.
Entered service at: Harrisburg, Pa. Born: 13 October 1941, Petersburg, Pa.
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.