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Vietnam War - U.S. Navy

Wayne Maurice Caron

  • Rank: Hospital Corpsman Third Class
  • Conflict/Era: Vietnam War
  • Unit/Command:
    Headquarters & Service Company, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines,
    1st Marine Division (Rein) FMF
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: July 28, 1968
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Quang Nam 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 platoon corpsman with Company K, during combat operations against enemy forces. While on a sweep through an open rice field, HC3c. Caron's unit started receiving enemy small-arms fire. Upon seeing two marine casualties fall, he immediately ran forward to render first aid, but found that they were dead. At this time the platoon was taken under intense small-arms and automatic-weapons fire, sustaining additional casualties. As he moved to the aid of his wounded comrades, HC3c. Caron was hit in the arm by enemy fire. Although knocked to the ground, he regained his feet and continued to the injured marines. He rendered medical assistance to the first marine he reached, who was grievously wounded, and undoubtedly was instrumental in saving the man's life. HC3c. Caron then ran toward the second wounded marine, but was again hit by enemy fire, this time in the leg. Nonetheless, he crawled the remaining distance and provided medical aid for this severely wounded man. HC3c. Caron started to make his way to yet another injured comrade, when he was again struck by enemy small-arms fire. Courageously and with unbelievable determination, HC3c. Caron continued his attempt to reach the third marine until he was killed by an enemy rocket round. His inspiring valor, steadfast determination, and selfless dedication in the face of extreme danger, sustain and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.
Medal of Honor Recipient Wayne M. Caron
Medal of Honor Recipient Wayne M. Caron
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: April 20, 1970
    The White House, presented by Vice Pres. Spiro T. Agnew to his family
  • Born: November 2, 1946, Middleboro, Plymouth County, MA, United States
  • Died: July 28, 1968, Republic of Vietnam
  • Buried: Arlington National Cemetery (MH) (51-2600), Arlington, VA, United States

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