The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*WHEAT, ROY M.
Rank and organization: Lance Corporal,
U.S. Marine Corps, Company K, 3d Battalion, 7th Marine, 1st Marine Division. Place and
Date: Republic of Vietnam, 11 August 1967. Entered service at: Jackson,
Miss. Born: 24 July 1947, Moselle, Miss.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the
call of duty. L/Cpl. Wheat and 2 other marines were assigned the mission of providing
security for a Navy construction battalion crane and crew operating along Liberty Road in
the vicinity of the Dien Ban District, Quang Nam Province. After the marines had set up
security positions in a tree line adjacent to the work site, L/Cpl. Wheat reconnoitered
the area to the rear of their location for the possible presence of guerrillas. He then
returned to within 10 feet of the friendly position, and here unintentionally triggered a
well concealed, bounding type, antipersonnel mine. Immediately, a hissing sound was heard
which was identified by the 3 marines as that of a burning time fuse. Shouting a warning
to his comrades, L/Cpl. Wheat in a valiant act of heroism hurled himself upon the mine,
absorbing the tremendous impact of the explosion with his body. The inspirational personal
heroism and extraordinary valor of his unselfish action saved his fellow marines from
certain injury and possible death, reflected great credit upon himself, and upheld the
highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his
life for his country.