*CADDY, WILLIAM ROBERT
Rank and organization: Private First
Class, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Born: 8 August 1925, Quincy, Mass. Accredited
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the
call of duty while serving as a rifleman with Company 1, 3d Battalion, 26th Marines, 5th
Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the seizure of Iwo Jima in
the Volcano Islands, 3 March 1945. Consistently aggressive, Pfc. Caddy boldly defied
shattering Japanese machinegun and small arms fire to move forward with his platoon leader
and another marine during the determined advance of his company through an isolated sector
and, gaining the comparative safety of a shell hole, took temporary cover with his
comrades. Immediately pinned down by deadly sniper fire from a well-concealed position, he
made several unsuccessful attempts to again move forward and then, joined by his platoon
leader, engaged the enemy in a fierce exchange of hand grenades until a Japanese grenade
fell beyond reach in the shell hole. Fearlessly disregarding all personal danger, Pfc.
Caddy instantly dived on the deadly missile, absorbing the exploding charge in his own
body and protecting the others from serious injury. Stouthearted and indomitable, he
unhesitatingly yielded his own life that his fellow marines might carry on the relentless
battle against a fanatic enemy. His dauntless courage and valiant spirit of self-sacrifice
in the face of certain death reflect the highest credit upon Pfc. Caddy and upon the U.S.
Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his comrades.