Dewayne T. Williams
|Dewayne T. Williams|
Dewayne Thomas Williams, Medal of Honor recipient
September 18, 1949|
Brown City, Michigan
|Died||September 18, 1968
Quảng Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1967–1968|
|Rank||Private First Class|
|Unit||2nd Battalion 1st Marines|
|Battles/wars||Vietnam War †|
|Awards||Medal of Honor
Private First Class Dewayne Thomas Williams (September 18, 1949 – September 18, 1968) was a United States Marine who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for heroism in the Vietnam War in September 1968.
Dewayne Williams was born on September 18, 1949, in Brown City, Michigan. He attended Bell Elementary School, St. Clair Elementary, Intermediate, and High Schools at in St. Clair, Michigan, and Capac High School, in Capac, Michigan.
On December 18, 1967, Williams enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve, and was discharged to enlist in the active Marine Corps on January 2, 1968. He completed recruit training with the 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego in March 1968; individual combat training with Company Y, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Training Regiment, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, in April; and weapons training with Weapons Company, Basic Infantry Training Battalion, 2nd Infantry Training Regiment at Camp Pendleton, in May 1968.
Williams was promoted to private first class on June 1, 1968. Upon his arrival in the Republic of Vietnam later that month, he was assigned duty as automatic rifleman with Company I, 3rd Battalion, 27th Marines, 1st Marine Division, and served in this capacity until August 1968. He was then assigned duty as anti-tank assault man with Company H, 2nd Battalion 1st Marines. On September 18, 1968, he was killed in action while on patrol in the Quảng Nam Province.
Awards and honors
Williams awards include:
|Medal of Honor||Purple Heart|
|National Defense Service Medal||Vietnam Service Medal w/ 2 service stars||Vietnam Campaign Medal|
- The Military Sealift Command maritime Prepositioning ship, USNS PFC Dewayne T. Williams (T-AK-3009), is named in his honor.
- Dewayne T. Williams's name can be found inscribed on Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 43W, Row 025.
- The portion of Interstate 69 beginning at the eastern city limit of the city of Lapeer, Michigan and extending east to the western city limit of the city of Port Huron, Michigan is known as the "DeWayne T. Williams Memorial Highway".
Medal of Honor citation
- "Private First Class Dewayne T. Williams, USMC". Who's Who in Marine Corps History. History Division, United States Marine Corps. Retrieved 2007-10-27.
- "Medal of Honor — PFC Dewayne T. Williams — (Medal of Honor citation)". Marines Awarded the Medal of Honor. History Division, United States Marine Corps. Archived from the original on 2007-02-22.
- "Dewayne Williams profile". Misalov.com.