The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*WORLEY, KENNETH L.
Rank and organization: Lance Corporal,
U.S. Marine Corps, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein), FMF. Place
and Date: Bo Ban, Quang Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam, 12 August 1968. Entered
service at: Fresno, Calif. Born: 27 April 1948, Farmington, N. Mex.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the
call of duty while serving as a machine gunner with Company L, 3d Battalion, in action
against enemy forces. After establishing a night ambush position in a house in the Bo Ban,
Hamlet of Quang Nam Province, security was set up and the remainder of the patrol members
retired until their respective watch. During the early morning hours the marines were
abruptly awakened by the platoon leader's warning that "grenades" had landed in
the house. Fully realizing the inevitable result of his actions, L/Cpl. Worley, in a
valiant act of heroism, instantly threw himself upon the grenade nearest him and his
comrades, absorbing with his body, the full and tremendous force of the explosion. Through
his extraordinary initiative and inspiring valor in the face of almost certain death, he
saved his comrades from serious injury and possible loss of life although 5 of his fellow
marines incurred minor wounds as the other grenades exploded. L/Cpl. Worley's gallant
actions upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service. He
gallantly gave his life for his country.