Medal of Honor

 

 

SINGLETON, WALTER K.*

 

Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, Company A, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division.

 

Place and date: Gio Linh District, Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam, 24 March 1967.

 

Entered service at: Memphis, Tenn.

 

Born: 7 December 1944, Memphis, Tenn.

 

Citation:

 

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Singleton's company was conducting combat operations when the lead platoon received intense small arms, automatic weapons, rocket, and mortar fire from a well entrenched enemy force. As the company fought its way forward, the extremely heavy enemy fire caused numerous friendly casualties. Sensing the need for early treatment of the wounded, Sgt. Singleton quickly moved from his relatively safe position in the rear of the foremost point of the advance and made numerous trips through the enemy killing zone to move the injured men out of the danger area. Noting that a large part of the enemy fire was coming from a hedgerow, he seized a machinegun and assaulted the key enemy location, delivering devastating fire as he advanced. He forced his way through the hedgerow directly into the enemy strong point. Although he was mortally wounded, his fearless attack killed 8 of the enemy and drove the remainder from the hedgerow. Sgt. Singleton's bold actions completely disorganized the enemy defense and saved the lives of many of his comrades. His daring initiative selfless devotion to duty and indomitable fighting spirit reflected great credit upon himself and the Marine Corps, and his performance upheld the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.

 


This message was received on 5 November 2001:

 

Walter Keith Singleton was my mother's youngest brother. He was killed 1 month before I was born in March 67. I have heard all of the stories from family members, at least those that can and will speak of it, and have read every piece of documentation that I have been able to find on how he was killed. For some reason, this does not seem to be enough. At this point in my life, 34 years after his death, I want to meet or at least correspond with someone that was THERE with him when he died. I want to get to know him through their eyes and memories.

I know this may sound morbid, but I have never been able to put him to rest in my mind. There is so much I want to know, and his brother is the only relative that knows, and he refuses to speak about it. I know he has his reasons, and I respect them, but I want to get to know Uncle Walter a little better through a non-family member's eyes.

Please let me know if you can help or point me in the right direction.

My e-mail address is

sandi.king@healthscopebenefits.com

or,

sandihsb@earthlink.net

Walter is buried in Memorial Gardens on Germantown Rd. in Memphis, TN.

Thank you in advance for any information you can provide.

Sincerely,

Sandi King


 

--- General / Personal ---

Last name: SINGLETON

First name: WALTER KEITH

Home of Record (official): MEMPHIS

State (official): TN

Date of Birth: Thursday, December 7, 1944

Sex: Male

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Single

 

--- Military ---

Branch: Marine Corps

Rank: SGT

Serial Number: 2056158

Component: Regular

Pay grade: E5

MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 0331

 

--- Action ---

Start of Tour: Unknown/Not reported

Date of Casualty: Friday, March 24, 1967

Age at time of loss: 22

Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died

Reason: Gun, small arms fire (Ground casualty)

Country: South VietNam

Province: Quang Tri

The Wall: Panel 17E - Row 039

 


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