National Medal of Honor Day is March 25. Find out more at

Congressional Medal of Honor Society

Stories of Sacrifice

  • Filter Recipient Database here
    • Service Branch
    • Conflict / Era
    • Additional Filters

Vietnam War - U.S. Marine Corps

Alfred Mac Wilson

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Conflict/Era: Vietnam War
  • Unit/Command:
    1st Platoon, Company M, 3d Battalion, 9th Marines,
    3d Marine Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: March 3, 1969
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Fire Support Base Cunningham, Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam
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 M in action against hostile forces. While returning from a reconnaissance-in-force mission in the vicinity of Fire Support Base Cunningham, the 1st Platoon of Company M came under intense automatic-weapons fire and a grenade attack from a well-concealed enemy force. As the center of the column was pinned down, the leading squad moved to outflank the enemy. Pfc. Wilson, acting as squad leader of the rear squad, skillfully maneuvered his men to form a base of fire and act as a blocking force. In the ensuing firefight, both his machine gunner and assistant machine gunner were seriously wounded and unable to operate their weapons. Realizing the urgent need to bring the weapon into operation again, Pfc. Wilson, followed by another marine and with complete disregard for his safety, fearlessly dashed across the fire-swept terrain to recover the weapon. As they reached the machine gun, an enemy soldier stepped from behind a tree and threw a grenade toward the two marines. Observing the grenade fall between himself and the other marine, Pfc. Wilson, fully realizing the inevitable result of his action, shouted to his companion and unhesitating threw himself on the grenade, absorbing the full force of the explosion with his own body. His heroic actions inspired his platoon members to maximum effort as they aggressively attacked and defeated the enemy. Pfc. Wilson's indomitable courage, inspiring valor, and selfless devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Medal of Honor Recipient Alfred M. Wilson
Medal of Honor Recipient Alfred M. Wilson
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Abilene, Taylor County, Texas
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: April 20, 1970
    The White House, presented by Vice Pres. Spiro T. Agnew to his family
  • Born: January 13, 1948, Olney, Richland County, IL, United States
  • Died: March 3, 1969, Republic of Vietnam
  • Buried: Sunset Memorial Cemetery (MH) (Prayer Sec.54-4), Odessa, TX, United States

Questions? For More Information Contact Us!