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First Name: Bruce

Last Name: Carter

Birthplace: Schenectady, NY, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Marines (present)

Home of Record: Jacksonville, FL
Middle Name: Wayne

Date of Birth: 07 May 1950

Date of Death: 07 August 1969

Rank: Private First Class

Years Served: 1968-1969
Bruce Wayne Carter

•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


Bruce Wayne Carter
Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corp
Medal of Honor Recipient
Vietnam War

Bruce Wayne Carter (7 May 1950 - 7 August 1969) was a Private First Class in the U.S. Marine Corps who served during the Vietnam War. In August 1969, his unit was under heavy fire when a grenade landed between him and his fellow Marines; Carter threw himself on the grenade, sacrificing his life to save the lives of others. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism.

Carter was born 7 May 1950, in Schenectady, NY. He received his early schooling at Queens Elementary School in Pasadena, TX. From September 1959 until January 1960, he attended Gretna Park Elementary School in Gretna, LA, and graduated from Mimosa Park Elementary School, Mimosa Park, LA, in May 1962.

Private Carter's education continued in Hialeah, FL, where he attended Filer Junior High and Hialeah Junior High. He then attended Miami Springs Junior and High Schools (Florida), prior to entering West Jefferson High School in Wego, LA.

He left West Jefferson in June 1968 to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps at Jacksonville, FL, on 12 August 1968. Ordered to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, SC, he completed recruit training with the 3rd Recruit Training Battalion in October 1968, and individual combat training with the 1st Infantry Training Battalion at the Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, NC, the following December. Promoted to Private First Class on 1 January 1969, he attended the Vietnamese Language Course at Monterey, CA, until March.

Ordered to the Republic of Vietnam in April 1969, he served as a radio operator/radio man with Company H, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division. On 7 August 1969, while participating in combat north of Vandegrift Combat Base, Quang Tri Province, he was killed in action. For his actions in that battle, he was awarded the Medal of Honor.

Medal of Honor

The President of the United States 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 Grenadier with Company H, Second Battalion, Third Marines, Third Marine Division in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 7 August 1969, Private First Class Carter's unit was maneuvering against the enemy during Operation Idaho Canyon and came under a heavy volume of fire from a numerically superior hostile force. The lead element soon became separated from the main body of the squad by a brush fire. Private First Class Carter and his fellow Marines were pinned down by vicious crossfire when, with complete disregard for his own safety, he stood in full view of the North Vietnamese Army soldiers to deliver a devastating volume of fire at their positions. The accuracy and aggressiveness of his attack caused several enemy casualties and forced the remainder of the soldiers to retreat from the immediate area. Shouting directions to the Marines around him, Private First Class Carter then commenced leading them from the path of the rapidly approaching brush fire when he observed a hostile grenade land between him and his companions. Fully aware of the probable consequences of his action, but determined to protect the men following him, he unhesitatingly threw himself over the grenade, absorbing the full effects of its detonation with his own body. Private First Class Carter'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 in the service of his country.


Medals and Awards

Medal of Honor
Purple Heart
Combat Action Ribbon
National Defense Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Star
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The name Bruce Wayne Carter is inscribed on Panel 20W - Line 107.

Death and Burial

Private First Class Bruce Wayne Carter was killed in action on 7 August 1969. He is buried at Vista Memorial Gardens in Hialeah, Miami-Dade County, FL.

Honoree ID: 910   Created by: MHOH




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