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First Name: William

Last Name: Prom

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Marines (present)

Home of Record: Pittsburgh, PA
Middle Name: Raymond

Date of Birth: 17 November 1948

Date of Death: 09 February 1969

Rank: Lance Corporal

Years Served: 1967-1969
William Raymond Prom

•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


William Raymond Prom
Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
Medal of Honor Recipient
Vietnam War

Lance Corporal William Raymond Prom (17 November 1948 - 9 February 1969) was a U.S. Marine who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism during the Vietnam War.

William Raymond Prom was born on 17 November 1948 in Pittsburgh, PA. He attended Mt. Troy Public School in Pittsburgh and Millvale High School in Millvale, PA. Prom enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve at Pittsburgh on 8 December 1967, and was discharged to enlist in the Regular Marine Corps on 27 December 1967.

Upon completion of recruit training with the 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, SC, he was promoted to Private First Class on 1 March 1968. Transferred to the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC, he underwent individual combat training with the 2nd Infantry Training Regiment, and weapons special training with the 1st Battalion, 1st Infantry Training Regiment, completing the latter in April 1968.

In June 1968, he arrived in the Republic of Vietnam, where he served consecutively as ammunition man, assistant gunner, machine gun team leader, and machine gun squad leader, with Company I, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division. He was promoted to Lance Corporal on 1 September 1968.

Prom was killed in action while participating in a reconnaissance-in-force operation southwest of An Hoa on 9 February 1969.

Medal of Honor

The President of the United States in the name of Congress takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR posthumously to


for service as set forth in the following CITATION:

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, Third Battalion, Third Marines, Third Marine Division in action against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. While returning from a reconnaissance operation on 9 February 1969 during Operation TAYLOR COMMON, two 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. Lance Corporal Prom immediately assumed control of one of the machine guns and began to deliver return fire. Disregarding his own 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, Lance Corporal Prom again moved 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 the march. Shortly thereafter, the platoon again came under heavy fire in which one man was critically wounded. Reacting instantly Lance Corporal Prom moved forward to protect his injured comrade. Unable to continue his own fire because of his severe wounds, he continued to advance to within a few yards of 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. Lance Corporal Prom's indomitable courage inspiring initiative and selfless devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.


William R. Prom's Medal of Honor was presented to his family at the White House by Vice President Spiro T. Agnew on 9 April 1970.

Medals and Awards

Medal of Honor
Purple Heart
National Defense Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The name William R. Prom is inscribed on Panel 32W, Row 002.


In 1995 a monument was erected in his honor in Reserves Township, PA.

Death and Burial

Lance Corporal William R. Prom was killed in action on 9 February 1969. He is buried at Allegheny County Memorial Park in Allison Park, PA, in Block 2J, Section 11, Grave 11.

Honoree ID: 1061   Created by: MHOH




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