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First Name: William

Last Name: Seay

Birthplace: Brewton, AL, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Montgomery, AL
Middle Name: Wayne

Date of Birth: 24 October 1948

Date of Death: 25 August 1968

Rank: Sergeant

Years Served: 1967 - 1968
William Wayne Seay

•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


William Wayne Seay
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Medal of Honor Recipient
Vietnam War

Sergeant William Wayne Seay (24 October 1948 - 25 August 1968) was a U.S. Army soldier who was posthumously awarded the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his actions in the Vietnam War.

William Wayne Seay was born on 24 October 1948 in Brewton, AL. He joined the Army from Montgomery, AL. On 25 August 1968, Seay was serving as a Sergeant in the 62d Transportation Company (Medium Truck), 7th Transportation Battalion, 48th Transportation Group. When his convoy came under attack that day near Ap Nhi in the Republic of Vietnam, Seay twice left his protective cover to toss enemy-thrown hand grenades back at the North Vietnamese forces. Despite being wounded in the wrist, he again exposed himself to enemy fire and was fatally shot. For his heroic actions during the battle, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, 62d Transportation Company (Medium Truck), 7th Transportation Battalion, 48th Transportation Group.

Place and date: Near Ap Nhi, Republic of Vietnam 25 August 1968.

Entered service at: Montgomery, AL. Born: 24 October 1948, Brewton, AL.

Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Seay distinguished himself while serving as a driver with the 62d Transportation Company, on a resupply mission. The convoy with which he was traveling, carrying critically needed ammunition and supplies from Long Binh to Tay Ninh, was ambushed by a reinforced battalion of the North Vietnamese Army. As the main elements of the convoy entered the ambush killing zone, they were struck by intense rocket, machinegun and automatic weapon fire from the well concealed and entrenched enemy force. When his convoy was forced to stop, Sgt. Seay immediately dismounted and took a defensive position behind the wheels of a vehicle loaded with high-explosive ammunition. As the violent North Vietnamese assault approached to within 10 meters of the road, Sgt. Seay opened fire, killing 2 of the enemy. He then spotted a sniper in a tree approximately 75 meters to his front and killed him. When an enemy grenade was thrown under an ammunition trailer near his position, without regard for his own safety he left his protective cover, exposing himself to intense enemy fire, picked up the grenade, and threw it back to the North Vietnamese position, killing 4 more of the enemy and saving the lives of the men around him. Another enemy grenade landed approximately 3 meters from Sgt. Seay's position. Again Sgt. Seay left his covered position and threw the armed grenade back upon the assaulting enemy. After returning to his position he was painfully wounded in the right wrist; however, Sgt. Seay continued to give encouragement and direction to his fellow soldiers. After moving to the relative cover of a shallow ditch, he detected 3 enemy soldiers who had penetrated the position and were preparing to fire on his comrades. Although weak from loss of blood and with his right hand immobilized, Sgt. Seay stood up and fired his rifle with his left hand, killing all 3 and saving the lives of the other men in his location. As a result of his heroic action, Sgt. Seay was mortally wounded by a sniper's bullet. Sgt. Seay, by his gallantry in action at the cost of his life, has reflected great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.

Medals and Awards

Medal of Honor
Purple Heart

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

William W Seay's name is inscribed on Panel 46W - Line 22.

Death and Burial

Sergeant William Wayne Seay was killed in action on 25 August 1968. He is buried at Weavers Cemetery in Brewton, AL.

Honoree ID: 1077   Created by: MHOH




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