I’m getting back to my series on Pennsylvanians who have been awarded the Medal of Honor, and this week it’s the Vietnam War.
Nine Pennsylvania natives received the military’s highest award for valor, seven posthumously. Of the two others, one survives.
You can look up their citations and more about them at http://www.cmohs.org/, the official website of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.
Here they are in alphabetical order:
Army Cpl. Michael J. Crescenz of Philadelphia
Company A, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry, 196th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division
Killed Nov. 20, 1968, in Hiep Duc Valley area
Marine Pfc. Ralph E. Dias of Shelocta, Indiana County
Company D, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division
Killed Nov. 12, 1969, in Que Son Mountains
Army Sgt. David C. Dolby of Norristown, Montgomery County
Company B, 8th Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Air Cavalry Division
Sept. 28, 1967, in South Vietnam
(He died Aug. 6, 2010.)
Army Staff Sgt. Glenn H. English Jr. of Altoona
Company E., 3rd Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Killed Sept. 7, 1970, in Phu My District
Marine Capt. James A. Graham of Wilkinsburg, Allegheny County
Company F, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division
Killed June 2, 1967, in South Vietnam
Army 2nd Lt. Walter J. Marm Jr. of Washington, Washington County
Company A, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Air Cavalry Division
Nov. 14, 1965, in vicinity of Ia Drang Valley
(Marm is still living.)
Marine Cpl. William D. Morgan of Pittsburgh
Company H, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division
Killed Feb. 25, 1969, in Quang Tri Province
Army Sgt.William D. Port of Petersburg, Huntingdon County
Company C, 5th Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Air Cavalry Division
Killed Jan. 12, 1968, in Que Son Valley, Hiep Duc Province
Marine Lance Cpl. William R. Prom of Pittsburgh
Company I, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division
Killed Feb. 9, 1969, near An Hoa
Do we (Pennsylvanians) happen to have any Medal of Honor winners from Iraq or Afghanistan?
Leslie, that’s a future blog. Stay tuned.