The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*PROM, WILLIAM R.
Rank and organization: Lance Corporal,
U.S. Marine Corps, Company 1, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein), FMF. Place
and Date: Near An Hoa, Republic of Vietnam. 9 February 1969. Entered service at:
Pittsburgh, Pa. Born: 17 November 1948, Pittsburgh, Pa.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the
call of duty while serving as a machinegun squad leader with Company 1, in action against
the enemy. While returning from a reconnaissance operation during Operation TAYLOR COMMON,
2 platoons of Company 1 came under an intense automatic weapons fire and grenade attack
from a well concealed North Vietnamese Army force in fortified positions. The leading.
element of the platoon was isolated and several marines were wounded. L/Cpl. Prom
immediately assumed control of 1 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 men. Realizing that
the enemy would have to be destroyed before the injured marines could be evacuated, L/Cpl.
Prom again moved forward and delivered a heavy volume of fire with such accuracy that he
was instrumental in routing the enemy, thus permitting his men to regroup and resume their
march. Shortly thereafter, the platoon again came under heavy fire in which 1 man was
critically wounded. Reacting instantly, L/Cpl. Prom moved forward to protect his injured
comrade. Unable to continue his fire because of his severe wounds, he continued to advance
to within a few yards to the enemy positions. There, standing in full view of the enemy,
he accurately directed the fire of his support elements until he was mortally wounded.
Inspired by his heroic actions, the marines launched an assault that destroyed the enemy.
L/Cpl. Prom's indomitable courage, inspiring initiative and selfless devotion to duty
upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly
gave his life for his country.