WAYNE M CARON
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HONORED ON PANEL 50W, LINE 22 OF THE WALL

WAYNE MAURICE CARON

WALL NAME

WAYNE M CARON

PANEL / LINE

50W/22

DATE OF BIRTH

11/02/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

07/28/1968

HOME OF RECORD

MIDDLEBORO

COUNTY OF RECORD

Plymouth County

STATE

MA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

HM3

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR WAYNE MAURICE CARON
POSTED ON 7.28.2017
POSTED BY: A US Marine, Vietnam

Medal of Honor

Wayne Maurice Caron
Date of birth: November 2, 1946
Date of death: July 28, 1968
Burial location: Arlington, Virginia
Place of Birth: Massachusetts, Middleboro
Home of record: Boston Massachusetts
Status: KIA

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Medal of Honor

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Hospital Corpsman Third Class Wayne Maurice Caron (NSN: B-116083), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as Platoon Corpsman with Company K, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, during combat operations against enemy forces in Quang Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam, on 28 July 1968. While on a sweep through an open rice field Hospital Corpsman Third Class Caron's unit started receiving enemy small arms fire. Upon seeing two marine casualties fall, he immediately ran forward to render first aid, but found that they were dead. At this time, the platoon was taken under intense small-arms and automatic weapons fire, sustaining additional casualties. As he moved to the aid of his wounded comrades, Hospital Corpsman Third Class Caron was hit in the arm by enemy fire. Although knocked to the ground, he regained his feet and continued to the injured marines. He rendered medical assistance to the first marine he reached, who was grievously wounded, and undoubtedly was instrumental in saving the man's life. Hospital Corpsman Third Class Caron then ran toward the second wounded marine, but was again hit by enemy fire, this time in the leg. Nonetheless, he crawled the remaining distance and provided medical aid for this severely wounded man. Hospital Corpsman Third Class Caron started to make his way to yet another injured comrade, when he was again struck by enemy small-arms fire. Courageously and with unbelievable determination, Hospital Corpsman Third Class Caron continued his attempt to reach the third marine until he was killed by an enemy rocket round. His inspiring valor, steadfast determination and selfless dedication in the face of extreme danger, sustain and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.

Action Date: 28-Jul-68

Service: Navy

Rank: Hospital Corpsman Third Class

Company: Corpsman (Attached), Headquarters & Service Company

Battalion: 3d Battalion

Regiment: 7th Marines

Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein) FMF
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POSTED ON 6.3.2017
POSTED BY: HMCS(SW/AW/FMF) Walter M Ritter, USN (Ret)

An Honor to have Served

I had the great honor of serving onboard the USS CARON (DD-970), named in his honor, as the ship's "Doc" ('91-'94). His parents would see the ship off and on it's return from every major deployment. Wayne's Mother would walk the passageways talking to her son. A young sailor noticed this and mentioned it to me..."it kinda freaks me out Doc." I told him that if his mother believed Wayne's spirit was onboard, then God Bless her. But I also told that young sailor that the USS CARON has been involved in every major engagement that the US had been in (Grenada, Panama, Beirut to name a few) and that in the 16 years since its commissioning, not ONE crewman had lost their life while onboard. Thanks for watching over us Wayne. Fair Winds, Following seas.
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POSTED ON 5.1.2017
POSTED BY: Ed Klek D 1-1 Vietnam 1966

Marker in Middleboro

Dosen't anyone know if there is a marker for this hero in his home town of Middleboro Ma ?
When I got out of Vietnam I worked in Middleboro and I would like to visit if there is remembrance,street or park that may be named after Wayne.
It would be a great honor to pay my respect for this hero.
Ed Klek
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POSTED ON 10.7.2016
POSTED BY: James E Dicks HM2 USN Vietnam Veteran 1969

A Friend

I served with Wayne for about a year at the Navy Hospital GLakes 1967-68 in the EENT clinic. I remember him everyday, as a fellow Corpman and friend after reading of his obituary in the Navy Times. My sympathies to his family, his wife and child...Wayne was a wonderful person and a great American Hero.
When in Washington, I visit the wall and his gravesite at Arlington to pay my respects. Wayne's memory is a constant reminder to me that "Our Freedom is not Free".
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POSTED ON 4.4.2016
POSTED BY: Bob Ahles, Vietnam Vet, St. Cloud, MN

Peace with Honor

You were one of the brave that answered the call. You honored us by your service and sacrifice. We now honor you each time we stand and sing the words “THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE”. Rest in Peace and Honor Wayne.
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