DEMPSEY H WILLIAMS III
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HONORED ON PANEL 1E, LINE 95 OF THE WALL

DEMPSEY H WILLIAMS III

WALL NAME

DEMPSEY H WILLIAMS III

PANEL / LINE

1E/95

DATE OF BIRTH

04/20/1939

CASUALTY PROVINCE

KHANH HOA

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/09/1965

HOME OF RECORD

FAYETTEVILLE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Cumberland County

STATE

NC

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

1LT

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POSTED ON 3.9.2021
POSTED BY: A US Marine, Vietnam

Silver Star Medal Award

CITATION:
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant Dempsey H. Williams, III, United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving with the Marine Advisory Unit of the Naval Advisory Group, United States Military Assistance Command, Vietnam on 9 March 1965. First Lieutenant Williams was an Assistant Task Force Advisor to Task Force A of the Vietnamese Marine Brigade in the hostile area of Hoai An Village, Bihn Dinh Province, when the Marines were ordered to attack the Viet Cong besieging the town. Plans were made to closely coordinate the strikes of attack aircraft with the advance of ground troops. To be in a better position to observe and coordinate the attack he joined the leading elements of the group. He reached the head of the column as they crossed a bamboo bridge under heavy fire and helped steady the forward Vietnamese troops as in the air strikes were conducted on enemy positions barely twenty-five meters in front of their positions. Although the Vietnamese troops could not understand his shouts as he gave the signal for the assault, they rallied to his example and overran the forward enemy positions. When his unit became pinned down from reinforcing enemy fire, he searched for a smoke grenade to mark their positions for the friendly aircraft but a burst of hostile automatic weapons fire hit him and he died shortly afterwards. Through his knowledge of air-ground coordination techniques, and his shining personal example, he contributed substantially to the relief of the village of Hoai An from Viet Cong attack. His cool courage and gallant actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the cause of freedom.
See https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/41472
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POSTED ON 3.9.2015
POSTED BY: A Marine, USMC, Vietnam

Semper Fi

Semper Fi, Lt.
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POSTED ON 10.2.2012

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Rest in peace with the warriors.

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POSTED ON 5.29.2012
POSTED BY: Roy Wood

Read your name at The Wall

Demp, I read your name to the public at The Wall for its 25th Anniversary. Dickie was there too.
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POSTED ON 6.24.2010

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