The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*WICKAM, JERRY WAYNE
Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S.
Army, Troop F, 2d Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. Place and Date: Near
Loc Ninh, Republic of Vietnam, 6 January 1968. Entered service at: Chicago, Ill. Born:
19 January 1942, Rockford, Ill.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and
beyond the call of duty. Cpl. Wickam, distinguished himself while serving with Troop F.
Troop F was conducting a reconnaissance in force mission southwest of Loc Ninh when the
lead element of the friendly force was subjected to a heavy barrage of rocket, automatic
weapons, and small arms fire from a well concealed enemy bunker complex. Disregarding the
intense fire, Cpl. Wickam leaped from his armored vehicle and assaulted one of the enemy
bunkers and threw a grenade into it, killing 2 enemy soldiers. He moved into the bunker,
and with the aid of another soldier, began to remove the body of one Viet Cong when he
detected the sound of an enemy grenade being charged. Cpl. Wickam warned his comrade and
physically pushed him away from the grenade thus protecting him from the force of the
blast. When a second Viet Cong bunker was discovered, he ran through a hail of enemy fire
to deliver deadly fire into the bunker, killing one enemy soldier. He also captured 1 Viet
Cong who later provided valuable information on enemy activity in the Loc Ninh area. After
the patrol withdrew and an air strike was conducted, Cpl. Wickam led his men back to
evaluate the success of the strike. They were immediately attacked again by enemy fire.
Without hesitation, he charged the bunker from which the fire was being directed, enabling
the remainder of his men to seek cover. He threw a grenade inside of the enemy's position
killing 2 Viet Cong and destroying the bunker. Moments later he was mortally wounded by
enemy fire. Cpl. Wickam's extraordinary heroism at the cost of his life were in keeping
with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself
and the U.S. Army.