Broad, William Ray, HM3

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
HM-8404-Medical Field Service Technician/FMF Combat Corpsman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Hospital Corpsman
Primary Unit
1967-1968, HM-8404, 7th Marine Regiment/3rd Bn (3/7)
Service Years
1965 - 1967
HM-Hospital Corpsman

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Home State
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Tulsa, OK
Last Address
Tulsa, OK

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

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  1967, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2015, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2015, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page

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 Duty Stations
7th Marine Regiment/3rd Bn (3/7)
  1967-1968, HM-8404, 7th Marine Regiment/3rd Bn (3/7)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1960-1973 Vietnam War
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (67-68)/Operation DeSoto
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jan 28, 1967, Mike Company, 3/7 Marines
  Jun 23, 2012, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
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.

Name of Award
Silver Star

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

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.

General Orders: All Hands (May 1968)
Action Date: January 28, 1967
Service: Navy
Rank: Hospitalman Third Class
Company: Corpsman (Attached), Company M
Battalion: 3d Battalion
Regiment: 7th Marines
Division: 1st Marine Division
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