Grammar, William Michael, 1stLt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary MOS
0302-Infantry Officer
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Primary Unit
1967-1967, 0302, Prisoner of War - Vietnam
Service Years
1962 - 1967

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Oklahoma City
Last Address
Oklahoma City

Casualty Date
May 20, 1967
Hostile, Died while Captured
Intentional Homicide
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Memorial Park Cemetery - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Wall/Plot Coordinates
20E 059

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1967, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]

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US Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV)Prisoner of War
  1966-1967, 0302, US Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV)
  1967-1967, 0302, Prisoner of War - Vietnam
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1967 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended
United States Naval Academy
  1961-1965, United States Naval Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Following a fierce fire fight 1st Lt Grammar and Army SFC Orville B. Frits were captured, tortured, tied to the bell tower, and murdered by Viet Cong.

The incident occurred during a 14 hour battle around a small village Catholic Church in Ngoxedong, 3 miles from Quangtri City. They served as advisors to the 1st Infantry ARVN.

Silver Star

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant William Michael Grammar (MCSN: 0-91923), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Senior Advisor to the Third Battalion, First Regiment, First Infantry Division, Army of the Republic of Vietnam on 20 May 1967. When his unit was hit hard and infiltrated by an overwhelmingly large enemy force, First Lieutenant Grammar, realizing that they were hopelessly disorganized and ineffective, took immediate action to withdraw and safeguard his team. One member of the team was seriously wounded in the initial attack. In the face of intense enemy fire and almost certain death, First Lieutenant Grammar attempted to carry the wounded man to safety. When this proved impossible, the wounded man asked to be left behind and volunteered to provide covering fire. Fighting his way through the enemy and leading the remaining members of the team, he maneuvered to the edge of a village undetected. As they prepared to leave the enemy position, they encountered an enemy search party. Unhesitatingly and without regard for his own safety, he ran across an open field to draw attention from the other team member, allowing him to escape. As a result he was taken prisoner by the enemy and killed before a relief force arrived. His outstanding courage and selfless efforts in behalf of others served to inspire all who observed him and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Action Date: May 20, 1967
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: First Lieutenant
Company: Advisor

Prisoner of War Medal

First Lieutenant William Michael Grammar (MCSN: 0-91923), United States Marine Corps, was captured in operations in South Vietnam on 20 May 1967 and was held as a Prisoner of War until he was executed by the enemy later that same day.

Action Date: May 20, 1967 - May 20, 1967
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: First Lieutenant
Division: Prisoner of War (South Vietnam)
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