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  • William Raymond Prom

  • Date of birth: November 17, 1948
  • Date of death: February 9, 1969
  • Burial Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  1. Medal of HonorAwarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Lance Corporal William Raymond Prom (MCSN: 2421504), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 19 February 1969, while serving as a machinegun squad leader with Company 1, Third Battalion, Third Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in action against the enemy near An Hoa, Republic of Vietnam. While returning from a reconnaissance operation during Operation TAYLOR COMMON, two platoons of Company I came under an intense automatic weapons fire and grenade attack from a well concealed North Vietnamese Army force in fortified positions. The leading element of the platoon was isolated and several Marines were wounded. Lance Corporal Prom immediately assumed control of one of his machineguns and began to deliver return fire. Disregarding his safety he advanced to a position from which he could more effectively deliver covering fire while first aid was administered to the wounded men. Realizing that the enemy would have to be destroyed before the injured Marines could be evacuated, Lance Corporal Prom again moved forward and delivered a heavy volume of fire with such accuracy that he was instrumental in routing the enemy, thus permitting his men to regroup and resume their march. Shortly thereafter, the platoon again came under heavy fire in which one man was critically wounded. Reacting instantly, Lance Corporal Prom moved forward to protect his injured comrade. Unable to continue his fire because of his severe wounds, he continued to advance to within a few yards to the enemy positions. There, standing in full view of the enemy, he accurately directed the fire of his support elements until he was mortally wounded. Inspired by his heroic actions, the Marines launched an assault that destroyed the enemy. Lance Corporal Prom’s indomitable courage, inspiring initiative and selfless devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

    Action Date: 9-Feb-69

    Service: Marine Corps

    Rank: Lance Corporal

    Company: Company I

    Battalion: 3d Battalion

    Regiment: 3d Marines

    Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein.) FMF

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