Medal of Honor





Rank and organization: Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, Company I, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein), FMF


Place and date: Near An Hoa, Republic of Vietnam. 9 February 1969


Entered service at: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Born: 17 November 1948, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania




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, in action against the enemy. While returning from a reconnaissance operation during Operation Taylor Common, 2 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. L/Cpl. Prom immediately assumed control of 1 of his machine guns and began to deliver return fire. Disregarding his 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, L/Cpl. Prom again moved forward 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 their march. Shortly thereafter, the platoon again came under heavy fire in which 1 man was critically wounded. Reacting instantly, L/Cpl. Prom moved forward to protect his injured comrade. Unable to continue his fire because of his severe wounds, he continued to advance to within a few yards to 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. L/Cpl. Prom's indomitable courage, inspiring initiative and selfless devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.




William R. Prom's Grave Site

The grave is located in Allegheny County Memorial Park

Block 2J ( Veterans Section), Section 11, Grave 11

1600 Duncan Avenue

Allison Park, PA 15101

412 366-8296

Memorial to William R. Prom

Erected 1995, Located in Reserves Township, PA

Thanks to Clara Prom Burns < >, William R. Prom's sister for the photo's. Clara Prom Burns is in the above photo, which was taken at the dedication of the memorial to her brother.


--- General / Personal ---

Last name: PROM


Home of Record (official): PITTSBURGH

State (official): PA

Date of Birth: Wednesday, November 17, 1948

Sex: Male

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Single


--- Military ---

Branch: Marine Corps

Rank: LCPL

Serial Number: 2421504

Component: Regular

Pay grade: E3

MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 0331


--- Action ---

Start of Tour: Thursday, June 13, 1968

Date of Casualty: Sunday, February 9, 1969

Age at time of loss: 20

Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died

Reason: Gun, small arms fire (Ground casualty)

Country: South VietNam

Province: Quang Nam

The Wall: Panel 32W - Row 002


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