Medal of Honor

 

WICKAM, JERRY WAYNE*

 

Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, Troop F, 2d Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment.

 

Place and date: Near Loc Ninh, Republic of Vietnam, 6 January 1968.

 

Entered service at: Chicago, Ill.

 

Born: 19 January 1942, Rockford, Ill.

 

Citation:

 

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Cpl. Wickam, distinguished himself while serving with Troop F. Troop F was conducting a reconnaissance in force mission southwest of Loc Ninh when the lead element of the friendly force was subjected to a heavy barrage of rocket, automatic weapons, and small arms fire from a well concealed enemy bunker complex. Disregarding the intense fire, Cpl. Wickam leaped from his armored vehicle and assaulted one of the enemy bunkers and threw a grenade into it, killing 2 enemy soldiers. He moved into the bunker, and with the aid of another soldier, began to remove the body of one Viet Cong when he detected the sound of an enemy grenade being charged. Cpl. Wickam warned his comrade and physically pushed him away from the grenade thus protecting him from the force of the blast. When a second Viet Cong bunker was discovered, he ran through a hail of enemy fire to deliver deadly fire into the bunker, killing one enemy soldier. He also captured 1 Viet Cong who later provided valuable information on enemy activity in the Loc Ninh area. After the patrol withdrew and an air strike was conducted, Cpl. Wickam led his men back to evaluate the success of the strike. They were immediately attacked again by enemy fire. Without hesitation, he charged the bunker from which the fire was being directed, enabling the remainder of his men to seek cover. He threw a grenade inside of the enemy's position killing 2 Viet Cong and destroying the bunker. Moments later he was mortally wounded by enemy fire. Cpl. Wickam's extraordinary heroism at the cost of his life were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the U.S. Army.


 

--- General / Personal ---

 

Last name: WICKAM

First name: JERRY WAYNE

Home of Record (official): ROCKFORD

State (official): IL

Date of Birth: Monday, January 19, 1942

Sex: Male

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Married

 

--- Military ---

 

Branch: Army

Rank: CPL

Serial Number: 54807388

Component: Selective Service

Pay grade: E4

MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 11B40

 

--- Action ---

 

Start of Tour: Tuesday, August 8, 1967

Date of Casualty: Saturday, January 6, 1968

Age at time of loss: 25

Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died

Reason: Multiple fragmentation wounds (Ground casualty)

Country: South VietNam

Province: Binh Long

The Wall: Panel 33E - Row 062

 


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