The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*MORGAN, WILLIAM D.
Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S.
Marine Corps. Company H, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division. Place and Date:
Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam, 25 February 1969. Entered service at:
Pittsburgh, Pa. Born: 17 September 1947, Pittsburgh, Pa.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the
call of duty while serving as a squad leader with Company H, in operations against the
enemy. While participating in Operation DEWEY CANYON southeast of Vandergrift Combat Base,
1 of the squads of Cpl. Morgan's platoon was temporarily pinned down and sustained several
casualties while attacking a North Vietnamese Army force occupying a heavily fortified
bunker complex. Observing that 2 of the wounded marines had fallen in a position
dangerously exposed to the enemy fire and that all attempts to evacuate them were halted
by a heavy volume of automatic weapons fire and rocket-propelled grenades. Cpl. Morgan
unhesitatingly maneuvered through the dense jungle undergrowth to a road that passed in
front of a hostile emplacement which was the principal source of enemy fire. Fully aware
of the possible consequences of his valiant action, but thinking only of the welfare of
his injured companions, Cpl. Morgan shouted words of encouragement to them as he initiated
an aggressive assault against the hostile bunker. While charging across the open road, he
was clearly visible to the hostile soldiers who turned their fire in his direction and
mortally wounded him, but his diversionary tactic enabled the remainder of his squad to
retrieve their casualties and overrun the North Vietnamese Army position. His heroic and
determined actions saved the lives of 2 fellow marines and were instrumental in the
subsequent defeat of the enemy. Cpl. Morgan's indomitable courage, inspiring initiative
and selfless devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the
U.S. Naval Services. He gallantly gave his life for his country.