PORT, WILLIAM DAVID
Name: William David Port
Branch/Rank: United States Army/E3
Unit: C CO 5 BN 7 CAV 1 AIR CAV DIV
Date of Birth: 31 October 1941
Home City of Record: ELIZABETHTOWN PA
Date of Loss: 12 January 1968
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 154115 North  1081303 East
Status (in 1973): Died in Captivity
Category: 1
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: GROUND
Missions:
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 0983
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File.
REMARKS: 11/68 DIC ON PRG LIST
REMAINS RETURNED 08/14/85
EGRESS- 9 POWS WITNESSED DEATH/BURIAL
Quang Nam LZ Badly  -- CMH said held Happy Valley, Quang Nam Province,
died in sleep.
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Date: Mon, 9 Oct 2000 18:29:32 EDT
From: DDEALOK@aol.com
Port's body was recovered along with a number of other US POW's. He was
divorced, so his children were presented his CMH.
Basically, they got into a minor skirmish. He was slightly wounded in the
hand I think and tended to others in his squad who were really injured. Then
a grenade landed amongst all of them. Bill immediately shouted a warning and
covered it with his body. He lived but was badly hurt which made it worse in
the jungle. He saved all of his mates by doing this. He was in agony the
whole time, barely talked. Simply critically injured. The Americans tried to
help him but to no avail. The gooks did precious little as usual. Eleven
months later, he died and was buried in a mass grave with other POWs. He was
the last CMH awardee to have his body recovered.
Dennis
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