Strunk, William Locke, HM3

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Last Rank
Hospital Corpsman Third Class Petty Officer
Last Primary MOS
HM-8404-Field Medical Service Technician
Last MOSGroup
Miscellaneous Requirements
Primary Unit
1966-1967, HM-8404, H Co, 2nd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (2/4)
Service Years
1965 - 1967

Hospital Corpsman Third Class Petty Officer

 
 

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Home State
Colorado
Colorado
Year of Birth
1934
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Denver, CO
Last Address
Denver, CO

Casualty Date
Feb 24, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fort Logan National Cemetery - Denver, Colorado
Wall/Plot Coordinates
15E 087 / Section P Site 1390

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Balboa Naval Hospital2nd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (2/4), 4th Marine Regiment
  1965-1965, HM-8404, Balboa Naval Hospital
  1966-1967, HM-8404, H Co, 2nd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (2/4)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified
   
Comments/Citation

 
Name of Award
Silver Star

Year Awarded
1967
 
Details behind Award:
Awarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Hospital Corpsman Third Class William Locke Strunk (NSN: 9150696), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Corpsman with Company H, Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in connection with operations against insurgent communist (Viet Cong) forces in the Republic of Vietnam, on 5 February 1967. During a search and clear mission in the vicinity of Quan Dai Loc, Petty Officer Strunk's squad sustained several casualties and was temporarily pinned down in an open area by intense automatic-rifle fire and M-79 grenades from a well-concealed Viet Cong ambush force. Although painfully wounded in the leg, Petty Officer Strunk disregarded his own safety to move about the area and administer first-aid treatment to his wounded companions. Despite the intense enemy fire, he courageously continued to administer life-saving medical aid until the wounded had been moved to a position of relative safety. Demonstrating steadfast courage and resolute determination, he refused medical aid for himself until all the other men had received the necessary medical treatment. Petty Officer Strunk further requested that he be allowed to remain in the battle area to treat any additional casualties. His actions inspired all who observed him and undoubtedly saved numerous lives. By his exceptional professional skill, fearless initiative and loyal devotion to duty at great personal risk, Petty Officer Strunk upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: 5-Feb-67
Service: Navy
Rank: Hospital Corpsman Third Class
Company: Corpsman (Attached), Company H
Battalion: 2d Battalion
Regiment: 4th Marines
Division: 3d Marine Division
   
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