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.
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.
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