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Cpl William T. Perkins, Jr. Medal of Honor Citation

Cpl William T. Perkins, Jr. Medal of Honor Citation

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a combat photographer attached to Company C, First Battalion 5th Marine Regiment (United States)” First Marines, First Marine Division, in the Republic of Vietnam on 12 October 1967. During Operation MEDINA, a major reconnaissance in force, southwest of Quang Tri, Company C made heavy combat contact with a numerically superior North Vietnamese Army Force estimated at from two to three companies. The focal point of the intense fighting was a helicopter landing zone which was also serving as the Command Post of Company C. In the course of a strong hostile attack, an enemy grenade landed in the immediate Carea occupied by Corporal Perkins and three other Marines. Realizing the inherent danger, he shouted the warning, “Incoming Grenade” to his fellow Marines, and in a valiant act of heroism, hurled himself upon the grenade absorbing the impact of the explosion with his own body thereby saving the lives of his comrades at the cost of his own. Through his exceptional courage and inspiring valor in the face of certain death, Corporal Perkins reflected great credit upon himself and the Marine Corps and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave histhe San Fernando Mis  life for his country.

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Sgt. Billy Richardson 3/9 3rd Mar Div. (Quang Tri Province 66/67) - June 16, 2020

Rest in peace Cpl., job well done.

SGT DAVID S MURPHY JR 62-66 NAM 65 - June 16, 2020

I HAD THE HONOR OF KNOWING 4 MARINES WITH THE MEDAL OF HONOR. THEY ARE ALL AMAZING. REST IN PEACE BROTHER.

jimlindsey - June 16, 2020

i took over command of c/1/1 shortly after Medina and had the honor to work with some of those Marines. 1st Lt. Jack Ruffer led charge after charge into the enemy throughout the night with little or no ammo.Cpls. Coss and Antal were among the cry of “come on you magnificent bastards,let’s get some.” It still amazes me that anyone survived that night. The entire company outdid themselves. Semper Fi Marines. Capt.M. J. Lindsey

Cpl Allen H/S Co, Comm platoon BLT 1/5, RVN 66 - June 16, 2020

Thanks Marine Guntor for correcting the unit. 1st Bn 5thMar only MOH (Vietnam) was to Sgt Rodney M Davis

BILL GUNTOR - June 16, 2020

YOU’VE GOT THE WRONG UNIT, IT WAS 1ST BN, 1ST MARINE REG, NOT 5TH. I KNOW, I WAS THERE.

DAN PELTONEN - June 16, 2020

I WAS ON MDINA WITH CPL PERKINS, JUST HOURS BEFORE WE SHARED THE SAME FOX HOLE , THAN ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE. . CLP PERKIN WAS A MARINE THREW AN THREW… READ THE BOOK LIONS OF MIDINA, YOU SEE HIM TAKING PICTURES WHILE UNDER SNPER FIRE. RIP MARINE SEE YOU LATER. Dan Peltonen SGT SEMPER FI 67/70

Sergeant Lutz - June 16, 2020

I get emotional when reading MOH citations. But when reading about a Marine who sacrificed his own life to save his brothers makes my throat tighten up and my eyes well up, I am so proud that I’m part of the Marine Corps family. Cpl Perkins Semper fi’, rest in peace Marine, history will take note of you.

Rick Williams - June 16, 2020

My thoughts have always been that in this country the word hero is used to loosley! but not in this case, this is the defination of a hero one who gives all for his fellow Marines to live! Semper Fi my brother! You will always be remembered and missed! God Bless your family! USMC 73 to 76 Cpl.

Mark w. Moorhead 69-72 - June 16, 2020

For the love of your brothers and the Corps. A Marine’s Marine. Semper Fi’ forever.

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