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RICHARD ALLEN PATON

  • Wall Name:RICHARD A PATON
  • Date of Birth:10/21/1948
  • Date of Casualty:2/9/1969
  • Home of Record:DETROIT
  • County of Record:WAYNE COUNTY
  • State:MI
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SP4
  • Panel/Row:32W, 1
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NGAI

MILTON ALAN ROSS

  • Wall Name:MILTON A ROSS
  • Date of Birth:9/9/1948
  • Date of Casualty:2/9/1969
  • Home of Record:OMAHA
  • County of Record:DOUGLAS COUNTY
  • State:NE
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Row:32W, 2
  • Casualty Province:BINH DUONG

WILLIAM RAYMOND PROM


is honored on Panel 32W, Row 2 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/16/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear LCPL William Raymond Prom, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • For LCPL William Raymond PROM, USMC...anoither of Pittsburgh's bravest of heroes, who gave his all!!

    Posted on 8/31/12 - by

    He loved us so.


    Every day, in a hundred ways, he told us so.


    In honesty, in affection, he told us so.


    He loved us so.


    Every day, in a hundred ways, he showed us so.


    With loyalty and bravery, he showed us so.


    He was our defender, and he kept us free!


    He took an oath to guard us, and fought for liberty!


    He loved us so, and we should know.


    For we loved him so.


    LCPL Prom, you had given all that mortality can give! You had been there and done that in Vietnam! Your bravery and courage in laying down machine-gun fire against the enemy and saving many Marines earned you, posthumously, the Congressional Medal of Honor!...the highest award America can give! Heroes like you are the reason that we are still free, for you took an oath to guard us...and fought for liberty! You were Pittsburgh's equivalent of John Basilone, who also earned the CMH, but during World War Two, on Guadalcanal! You were Pittsburgh's...and America's...bravest of knights, who fought for the right, without question or pause! Your name and fame are the birthright of EVERY American citizen! In your youth and strength...your love and loyalty...you had given all to defend liberty everywhere! You, by your actions and deeds, had brought honor to Pittsburgh, the home of HEROES BRAVE AND TRUE!...yes, to the city where three rivers meet...yes, to the home of the BUCS and the STEELERS! And the people of Pittsburgh is very proud of you! You had lived up to the Corps motto-SEMPER FIDELIS-for you had demonstrated faithfulness in all you did! You had lived up to the code of conduct and chivalry of those who guard this beloved land...an ideal SO NOBLE!...that it arouses in all of us...ALL OF US!...a sense of pride, and yet, of humility! I honestly and strongly believe that Jill Corey, whom Avonmore (her home town) and Pittsburgh(where she got her start) can claim as one of their own, and whom I greatly admire as one of my three top favorite songbirds of all time, which includes Julie Andrews, England's grande dame of music, and another thrush from England. Londond's Dusty Springfield, although she passed on some years agho, would be very proud of your service to America!...Service which was ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY!...and the sacrifices you made to keep our country free! I offer THREE CHEERS FOR LCPL PROM!


    Well done! Be thou at peace. SEMPER FI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Medal Of Honor Marine

    Posted on 5/23/12 - by Rex C. McBee, Marine Sgt. rexmcbee@hotmail.com
    William Prom also known as (Billy) was from Pittsburgh PA and was a baseball fan. He was killed 2969 and awarded the MOH to his parents. He was a machine gunner and saved the lives of several as he served his nation. Proud of what he did to protect those who survived.
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  • We Remember

    Posted on 6/23/11 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    William is buried at Allegheny County Memorial Park, Pittsburgh,PA. MOH PH
  • Photo

    Posted on 2/6/11
    Rest in peace with the warriors.
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  • Who's Who in Marine Corps History

    Posted on 2/16/04
    LCPL William R. Prom, USMC

    From: http://hqinet001.hqmc.usmc.mil/HD/Historical/Whos_Who.htm

    Semper Fidelis, Marine!
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  • Thank you LCPL William Raymond Prom

    Posted on 2/9/04 - by Donald Lytle afarmersboy@yahoo.com
    Although we never met personally, I want to thank you William Raymond Prom, for your courageous and valiant service, faithful contribution, and your most holy sacrifice given to this great country of ours!

    Your Spirit is alive--and strong, therefore Marine, you shall never be forgotten, nor has your death been in vain!

    Again, thank you LCPL William Raymond Prom, for a job exceptionally well done!

    REST IN ETERNAL PEACE MY MARINE FRIEND


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  • Photo of William Prom

    Posted on 11/18/02
    William Raymond Prom
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  • IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS MOST HEROIC POSTHUMOUS RECIPIENT OF THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR

    Posted on 3/27/01 - by CLAY MARSTON


    LANCE CORPORAL


    WILLIAM RAYMOND PROM


    served as a


    SQUAD LEADER / MACHINE GUNNER


    with


    COMPANY ' I '

    3rd BATTALION

    3rd MARINES

    3rd MARINE DIVISION ( REINFORCED )

    FLEET MARINE FORCE


    and was a posthumous recipient of the


    CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR


    who rests in honored glory in


    ALLEGHENY COUNTY MEMORIAL PARK


    PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA







    The award of the


    CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR


    was presented to his family

    on 20 April 1970

    at

    The White House

    by the

    Vice President of the United States of America

    Spiro T. Agnew









    ~~~~~ SEMPER FIDELIS ~~~~~





    THE PROUD YOUNG VALOR THAT ROSE ABOVE THE MORTAL

    AND THEN, AT LAST, WAS MORTAL AFTER ALL





    YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN

    NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE



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  • Citation-CMH

    Posted on 10/5/99 - by Ex-Cpl Lee A. Coddens,USMC 2422248 coddens@banet.net
    WILLIAM R. PROM
    Lance Corporal
    United States Marine Corps

    Citation

    LANCE CORPORAL WILLIAM R.
    PROM
    UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS


    For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and
    beyond the call of duty while serving as a Machine Gun Squad Leader with
    Company I, Third Battalion, Third Marines, Third Marine Division in action
    against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. While returning from a
    reconnaissance operation on 9 February 1969 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 the machine-guns and began to deliver return fire.
    Disregarding his own 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 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 the 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 own fire because of his severe wounds, he continued to advance
    to within a few yards of 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.


    RICHARD M. NIXON
    President of the United States


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  • Billy Prom

    Posted on 5/11/99 - by
    Billy Prom posthumously was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroics on Feb. 9, 1969. He was killed that day in a fierce firefight near An Hoa, Vietnam. Prom saved a fellow Marine who was grievously wounded in the head and chest. Prom himself was wounded badly a short while later. Yet he dragged himself to within yards of the enemy positions and accurately directed the fire of his support squad. Prom was killed, so he never knew that the remainder of the men in his unit destroyed the Viet Cong squadron. Prom's family accepted his Medal of Honor in April 1970. Today, a monument in Prom's honor is displayed in his hometown of Reserve, a suburb of Pittsburgh. He was a good guy.
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