Broad, William Ray, HM2

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Last Rank
Hospital Corpsman Second Class Petty Officer
Last Primary MOS
HM-8404-Field Medical Service Technician
Primary Unit
1966-1967, HM-8404, H&S Co, 3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)
Service Years
1959 - 1967

Hospital Corpsman Second Class Petty Officer

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Tulsa, OK
Last Address
Pensacola, FL

Casualty Date
Jan 28, 1967
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Quang Ngai (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Bixby Cemetery - Bixby, Oklahoma
Wall/Plot Coordinates
14E 090/Block 5 Lot 101 Space 7

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]1
  2014, United States Navy Memorial
  2015, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)
  1966-1967, HM-8404, H&S Co, 3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation DeSoto II
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  Jun 29, 2015, General Photos1
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Last Known Activity
TAN TU (2), 1 KM N-NE OF DUC PHO 19670128
UTM grid reference is BS820393

During Operation DESOTO on a search and clear mission after seizing their objective some of the villagers told the Marines of Company M that there were many enemy Viet Cong to the east, across the Quan river in the village complex of Tan Tu. Pressing onward, Company M maneuvered one platoon and the command group to the west side of the river while the rest of the men moved into the hamlet of Tan Tu. 

Entering the hamlet the advancing Marines encountered some harrasing sniper fire, pressing onward they were suddenly hit with a heavy volume of fire criss crossing their avenues of approach from well fortified bunkers and trenches which stopped their advance. Unable to move forward and under heavy enemy fire, supporting artillery and air support was requested. Using the support enabled the men to retrieve their casualties and withdraw across the river. After establishing a defensive perimeter they were finally able to evacuate their casualties under the cover of darkness.

Four Marines were killed in the action, as well as two Navy Corpsmen including HM3 Broad who died as a result of an enemy gunshot wound from the hostile fire.
Service number 3532751
Tour start date November 14, 1967

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Hospitalman Third Class William Ray Broad (NSN: 3532751), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Hospitalman Third Class Broad distinguished himself by intrepid actions while serving as a Corpsman attached to Company M, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division, in action on 28 January 1967, in Quang Ngai Province, during Operation DESOTO. During a river crossing by a Marine company making a sweep into enemy-controlled territory, a well-armed enemy force opened fire on the point of the patrol. Petty Officer Broad left cover and began the perilous trip forward to aid wounded Marines. He was seriously wounded, but stopped only long enough to treat himself, then crawled on to the wounded men to administer first aid. He continued to treat wounded Marines, exposing himself to the heavy fire, until wounded again, this time mortally. His courageous and inspiring actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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