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William Wayne Seay

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U.S. Army
Medal Of Honor, Vietnam

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The convoy with which Sergeant Seay was traveling, carrying needed ammunition and supplies from Long Binh to Tay Ninh, was ambushed by a reinforced battalion of the North Vietnamese Army. As the main elements of the convoy entered the killing zone they were struck by intense fire from the well entrenched enemy force. Forced to stop, Sergeant Seay dismounted and took a defensive position behind the wheels of a vehicle loaded with high-explosive ammunition. As the enemy assault approached within ten meters of the road, he opened fire, killing two of the enemy. He then spotted a sniper in a tree 75 meters to his front and killed him. When an enemy grenade was thrown under an ammunition trailer near him, he left protective cover, picked up the grenade, and threw it back killing four of the enemy. Another grenade landed three meters from his position. Again he left cover to throw it back upon the assaulting enemy. Painfully wounded in the right wrist, he saw three enemy soldiers who had penetrated the position preparing to fire on his comrades. Although weak from loss of blood and with his right hand immobilized, he stood up and fired his rifle with his left hand, killing all three and saving the lives of the other men in his location.

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