Remembering An American HeroPosted on 11/16/13 - by Curt Carter email@example.comDear LCPL William Raymond Prom, sirMORE
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
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Medal Of Honor MarinePosted on 5/23/12 - by Rex C. McBee, Marine Sgt. firstname.lastname@example.orgWilliam 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.MORE
We RememberPosted on 6/23/11 - by Robert Sage email@example.comWilliam is buried at Allegheny County Memorial Park, Pittsburgh,PA. MOH PH
PhotoPosted on 2/6/11 MORE
Who's Who in Marine Corps HistoryPosted on 2/16/04LCPL William R. Prom, USMCMORE
Semper Fidelis, Marine!
Thank you LCPL William Raymond PromPosted on 2/9/04 - by Donald Lytle firstname.lastname@example.orgAlthough 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!MORE
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
Photo of William PromPosted on 11/18/02 MORE
IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS MOST HEROIC POSTHUMOUS RECIPIENT OF THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONORPosted on 3/27/01 - by CLAY MARSTON
WILLIAM RAYMOND PROM
served as a
SQUAD LEADER / MACHINE GUNNER
COMPANY ' I '
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
The award of the
CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR
was presented to his family
on 20 April 1970
The White House
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
Citation-CMHPosted on 10/5/99 - by Ex-Cpl Lee A. Coddens,USMC 2422248 email@example.comWILLIAM R. PROMMORE
United States Marine Corps
LANCE CORPORAL WILLIAM R.
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
Billy PromPosted on 5/11/99 - byBilly 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.MORE
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