Caron, Wayne Maurice, HM3

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
HM-0000-Hospital Corpsman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Hospital Corpsman
Primary Unit
1968-1968, HM-8404, 7th Marine Regiment/3rd Bn (3/7)
Service Years
1966 - 1968
HM-Hospital Corpsman

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Middleboro, MA
Last Address
3rd Battalion, 7th Marines

Casualty Date
Jul 28, 1968
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialMedal of HonorCongressional Medal Of Honor SocietyUnited States Navy Memorial
The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2015, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2015, Medal of Honor [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2015, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society
  2015, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2015, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Duty Stations
Naval Hospital Great Lakes, IL7th Marine Regiment/3rd Bn (3/7)
  1966-1968, HM-0000, Naval Hospital Great Lakes, IL
  1968-1968, HM-8404, 7th Marine Regiment/3rd Bn (3/7)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (68)/Operation Allen Brook
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  One Great Man
  My Corspman
  Good People. The world is a better place because of people like Wayne Caron.
  Dec 30, 2006, Dedications for HM3 Wayne M. Caron2
  Jul 28, 2012, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Name of Award
Navy Medal of Honor

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

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Hospital Corpsman Third Class Wayne Maurice Caron (NSN: B-116083), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as Platoon Corpsman with Company K, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, during combat operations against enemy forces in Quang Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam, on 28 July 1968. While on a sweep through an open rice field Hospital Corpsman Third Class Caron's unit started receiving enemy small arms fire. Upon seeing two marine casualties fall, he immediately ran forward to render first aid, but found that they were dead. At this time, the platoon was taken under intense small-arms and automatic weapons fire, sustaining additional casualties. As he moved to the aid of his wounded comrades, Hospital Corpsman Third Class Caron was hit in the arm by enemy fire. Although knocked to the ground, he regained his feet and continued to the injured marines. He rendered medical assistance to the first marine he reached, who was grievously wounded, and undoubtedly was instrumental in saving the man's life. Hospital Corpsman Third Class Caron then ran toward the second wounded marine, but was again hit by enemy fire, this time in the leg. Nonetheless, he crawled the remaining distance and provided medical aid for this severely wounded man. Hospital Corpsman Third Class Caron started to make his way to yet another injured comrade, when he was again struck by enemy small-arms fire. Courageously and with unbelievable determination, Hospital Corpsman Third Class Caron continued his attempt to reach the third marine until he was killed by an enemy rocket round. His inspiring valor, steadfast determination and selfless dedication in the face of extreme danger, sustain and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.

Action Date: 28-Jul-68
Service: Navy
Rank: Hospital Corpsman Third Class
Company: Corpsman (Attached), Headquarters & Service Company
Battalion: 3d Battalion
Regiment: 7th Marines
Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein) FMF
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