Alford, William, RD2

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1968-1968, RD-0000, US Army (USA)/1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Service Years
- 1968

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United States
United States
Year of Birth
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Date of Passing
Oct 01, 1968
Location of Interment
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Last Known Activity
Senator Robert C. Byrd received a response from the Department of The Navy, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations on my inquiry for PO2 Alford dtd 22 July 2008, Ser DNS-35/8U110687.

Letter states the award was for action in Vietnam. His act of bravery was in Okinawa.
Other Comments:
Any information on this ship mate will be appreciated.
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Navy and Marine Corps Medal - 1968

Name of Award
Navy and Marine Corps Medal

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Apr 1, 2018
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Details Behind Award

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy and Marine Corps Medal (Posthumously) to Radarman Second Class William Dwight Alford (NSN: B-317044), United States Navy, for heroism on 25 October 1968 while serving as leading petty officer in training patrol "RED VICTOR" at Camp Hardy, Okinawa. Petty Officer Alford's patrol was simulating an attack on a designated objective when one of six live grenades, which were to be thrown simultaneously, was accidentally dropped by one of the grenadiers. Without hesitation, Petty Officer Alford pushed the man adjacent to himself down a slope and, with total disregard for his own safety, hurled himself upon the grounded missile, absorbing practically the entire concussion from the ensuing explosion with his own body. Petty Officer Alford's extraordinary courage, quick thinking, and willingness to sacrifice his own life to save his companions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
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