WILLIAM L VICK
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HONORED ON PANEL 45W, LINE 5 OF THE WALL

WILLIAM LEON VICK

WALL NAME

WILLIAM L VICK

PANEL / LINE

45W/5

DATE OF BIRTH

03/11/1926

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NGAI

DATE OF CASUALTY

08/30/1968

HOME OF RECORD

PADUCAH

COUNTY OF RECORD

McCracken County

STATE

KY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

CWO

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR WILLIAM LEON VICK
POSTED ON 4.30.2016
POSTED BY: john weatherell

We do not forget

Almost 50 years and he is stilled remembered. A Marines Marine Proud to have served with him.
Semper Fi
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POSTED ON 4.30.2016
POSTED BY: Debi Wilken Ross

Daddy's Little Girls

My dad John Wilken was a Navy EOD Instructor with Mr Vick in Indian Head, Md. His little girls Tammy and Gussie were very close friends and we played together daily. His wife, their mom, Shirley Vick was one of my mom's best friends. I still remember the day we heard the news. Saying thank you for your service and sacrifice just will never be enough.
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POSTED ON 3.16.2016

Final Mission of CWO William L. Vick

At 0730 hours on August 30, 1968, CAPT James W. Jones, CWO William L. Vick, and SGT John R. Beck responded to an urgent request from Special Forces to render safe and recover an unexploded 122mm rocket which had impacted within the Special Forces Camp at Ha Thanh, located 25km west of Quang Ni in Southern I Corps. CAPT Jones, CWO Vick, and SGT Beck arrived at the Special Forces Camp via chopper at 1035 hours. They walked uphill to S-3 operations, entered operations shack, and were receiving verbal instructions on the locations of the dud round when at 1040 hours an incoming 122mm made a direct hit on the shack. CAPT Jones, CWO Vick, SGT Beck two Special Forces personnel, intelligence specialist MSGT Tadeusz Sosniak and radio operator PFC Richard E. Traster, and a civilian interpreter were killed in the blast and five wounded from this one round. [Taken from a declassified Command Chronology report from August 1968]
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POSTED ON 8.30.2015
POSTED BY: A Marine, USMC, Vietnam

Silver Star Citation (Korea)

William L. Vick
Place of Birth: Kentucky, Paducah
Home of record: Paducah Kentucky

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Staff Sergeant William L. Vick (MCSN: 561237), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as a Section Leader in a 75-mm. Recoilless Rifle Platoon of the Anti-tank Company, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 2 December 1950. Voluntarily leading a squad forward as a reinforcing unit to assist two rifle companies acting as rear guard for a Marine force advancing in the vicinity of Yudam-ni, Staff Sergeant Vick moved up the hill during the night and, failing in his attempts to establish contact because of enemy infiltration, directed his men to establish a perimeter defense until daylight. When a numerically superior hostile force attacked the two companies at dawn, he maintained his position and, employing his weapons to maximum advantage, delivered accurate covering fire to neutralize the enemy's fire and permit the friendly riflemen to maneuver to more advantageous positions. The last man to leave his post after insuring that all casualties had been evacuated and all members of his section properly employed, Staff Sergeant Vick, by his inspiring leadership, dauntless perseverance and indomitable fighting spirit, contributed materially to the successful advance of friendly units to their destination and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: December 2, 1950

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Company: Anti-tank Company

Regiment: 7th Marines

Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.)
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POSTED ON 4.17.2015
POSTED BY: John C. Weatherell

A Marine to Remember

Vick was a anti- tank section leader with the Seventh Marines during the Chosin campaign in 1950. His actions there have been recorded in several books on the battle. One, CHOSIN by Eric Hammel, Presidio Press 1990 recounts several.
In one episode when Vick's position was overrun and the 75mm recoilless gun lost to the enemy. This was a big concern until Vick was seen returning from the hill with a burp gun slung over his shoulder and the gun's breech block in his hand.
Vick was awarded the Silver Star in Korea and subsequently promoted to Warrant Officer.
He later became an Explosive Ordnance Disposal officer. He was killed in that capacity in Viet Nam
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