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Jerry Wayne Wickam


U.S. Army
Medal Of Honor, Vietnam

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Corporal Wickam was on a reconnaissance in force mission when the lead element of his force was subjected to a barrage of rocket, automatic weapons, and small arms fire from a well concealed bunker complex. Disregarding the intense fire, he leaped from his armored vehicle and assaulted one of the bunkers and threw a grenade into it, killing two enemy. He moved into the bunker, and with the aid of another soldier, began to remove the body of one Viet Cong when he detected the sound of an enemy grenade being charged. He warned his comrade and pushed him away from it thus protecting him from the force of the blast. When a second bunker was discovered, he ran through a hail of enemy fire to deliver deadly fire into it, killing one enemy soldier. He captured one Viet Cong who later provided valuable information on enemy activity in the area. After the patrol withdrew and an air strike was conducted, he led his men back to evaluate the success of the strike. They were attacked again by enemy fire. Without hesitation, he charged the bunker from which the fire was being directed, enabling the remainder of his men to seek cover. He threw a grenade inside of the enemy's position killing two Viet Cong and moments later was mortally wounded.

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