Wheat, Roy Mitchell, LCpl

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Last Rank
Lance Corporal
Last Primary MOS
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Primary Unit
1967-1967, 0311, K Co, 3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)
Service Years
1966 - 1967

Lance Corporal


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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Moselle (Jones County)

Casualty Date
Aug 11, 1967
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Other Explosive Device
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
24E 101

 Official Badges 

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 Military Association Memberships
The National Purple Heart Hall of HonorVietnam Veterans MemorialMedal of Honor Recipients
  1967, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]2
  2015, Medal of Honor Recipients [Verified]

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
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  1966, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC), I/2021
 Unit Assignments
1st Infantry Training Regiment3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)
  1966-1966, 0311, 1st Infantry Training Regiment
  1967-1967, 0311, K Co, 3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation DeSoto II
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Webster
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)/Operation Arizona
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)/Operation Butler
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)/Operation Gem
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
MINE 4 KM S-SE OF NUI DAT SON (HILL 55) 19670811
UTM grid reference is AT979580

Eastabuchie Cemetery,
Church St
Moselle, MS 39459

  USNS LCPL Roy M. Wheat is one of 36 Military Sealift Command ships in the Prepositioning Program. Length: 863 feet 2 inches Beam: 98 feet 5 inches Draft: 35 feet Displacement: 50,570 long tons Speed: 22.0 knots Organization: Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadron: Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadron One Civilian: 29

On August 8, 1967, he returned to his unit, and on August 11, while leading a team providing security for a Navy constuction crane on the Liberty Road in Quang Nam Province, he accidentally triggered a well-concealed , bounding type anti-personnel mine. He yelled for team members, Vernon Sorenson and Bernard Cannon, to run; then flung himself onto the mine as it exploded, absorbing the tremendous impact with his body. Roy Wheat was killed, but his companions were spared certain injury, and possible death. As a result of this extraordinary act of heroism, the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation's most prestigious military decoration, was awarded to him, posthumously. The medal was presented to the Wheat family on September 23, 1968, in Washington, D.C.. Roy Wheat was, in fact, the only Mississippian who received the Medal of Honor for the Vietnam War. 
 Service number 2242728

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. L/Cpl. Wheat and 2 other marines were assigned the mission of providing security for a Navy construction battalion crane and crew operating along Liberty Road in the vicinity of the Dien Ban District, Quang Nam Province. After the Marines had set up security positions in a tree line adjacent to the work site, L/Cpl. Wheat reconnoitered the area to the rear of their location for the possible presence of guerrillas. He then returned to within 10 feet of the friendly position, and here unintentionally triggered a well concealed, bounding type, antipersonnel mine. Immediately, a hissing sound was heard which was identified by the 3 Marines as that of a burning time fuse. Shouting a warning to his comrades, L/Cpl. Wheat in a valiant act of heroism hurled himself upon the mine, absorbing the tremendous impact of the explosion with his body. The inspirational personal heroism and extraordinary valor of his unselfish action saved his fellow marines from certain injury and possible death, reflected great credit upon himself, and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
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