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Dewayne Thomas Williams

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U.S. Marine Corps
Medal Of Honor, Vietnam

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Private First Class Williams was a member of a combat patrol sent out from the platoon with the mission of establishing positions in the company's area of operations, from which it could intercept and destroy enemy sniper teams operating in the area. In the night as the patrol was preparing to move from its daylight position to a pre-selected night position, it was attacked from ambush by a squad of enemy using small arms and hand grenades. Although severely wounded in the back by the close intense fire, PFC Williams, recognizing the danger to the patrol, immediately began to crawl forward toward a good firing position. While he was moving he heard one of the members of the patrol sound the alert that an enemy grenade had landed in their position. Reacting instantly he saw that the grenade had landed close to where he was lying and without hesitation, in a valiant act of heroism, rolled on top of the grenade as it exploded, absorbing the full and impact of the explosion with his body. Through his inspiring valor in the face of certain death, he saved the other members of his patrol from serious injury and possible loss of life, and enabled them to successfully defeat the attackers and hold their position until assistance arrived.

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