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William David Morgan

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U.S. Marine Corps
Medal Of Honor, Vietnam

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While participating in Operation "Dewey Canyon" southeast of Vandergrift Combat Base, one of the squads of Corporal Morgan's platoon was temporarily pinned down and sustained several casualties while attacking an enemy force occupying a heavily fortified bunker complex. Seeing that two wounded Marines had fallen in a position exposed to enemy fire and that all attempts to evacuate them had been halted by a heavy volume of enemy fire, Corporal Morgan unhesitatingly maneuvered through the dense jungle undergrowth to a road that passed in front of a hostile emplacement which was the principal source of enemy fire. Thinking only of the welfare of his injured companions, Corporal Morgan shouted words of encouragement to them as he initiated an aggressive assault against the hostile bunker. While charging across the open road, he was clearly visible to the hostile soldiers who turned their fire in his direction and mortally wounded him, but his diversionary tactic enabled the remainder of his squad to retrieve their casualties and overrun the North Vietnamese Army position. His heroic and determined actions saved the lives of two fellow Marines and were instrumental in the subsequent defeat of the enemy.

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