Cpl William T Perkins Jr

William (Bill) T. Perkins, Jr. was born August 10, 1947 in Rochester, New York to William and Marilane Perkins. The family moved to Los Angeles, California and he attended Sepulveda Jr. High and graduated from James Monroe High School in 1965. He received many drama awards and was a member of the swim team and the Photography Club. He also became certified in Scuba diving and spent many hours diving off the coast of California and Catalina Island. While attending Pierce College, he was an apprentice at the Valley Music Theater and appeared at the Century City Playhouse. Bill and Jim Priddy joined the Marines on the “buddy system” April 27, 1966. He completed his infantry training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego and Camp Pendleton, California. His interest in photography and cinema led him to the Photography School at Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey. Bill arrived in Vietnam July 12, 1967 and was killed in action exactly three months later October 12, 1967.

Summary of Service:

April 27, 1966 Enlisted in Class III, Special Volunteer Reserve, 12th Marine Corps District, San Francisco, California,. Discharged July 5, 1966 to reenlist in the Regular Marine Corps.

Jul66 - Sep66
Recruit Training, 2d Recruit Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA
Sep66 - Oct66
Individual Combat Training, 3d Battalion, 2d Infantry Training Regiment, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, CA
Oct66 - Jan67
Photographer, Headquarters Battalion, Marine Corps Supply Center, Barstow, CA
Jan67 - Apr67
Student, Motion Picture Photography, U.S. Army Signal Center and School, Ft. Monmouth, NJ
Apr67 - May67
Photographer, Headquarters Battalion, Marine Corps Supply Center, Barstow, CA
Jul67 - Oct67
Photographer, Service Company, Headquarters Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein), FMF
Oct 12, 1967
Killed in action during Operation MEDINA in Quang Tri Province while attached to Company ā€œCā€, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division

Decorations:

  • Purple Heart
  • Presidential Unit Citation
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Vietnam Service Medal with one bronze star
  • Vietnamese Military Merit Medal
  • Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm
  • Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Promotions:

  • Private First Class, September 22, 1966
  • Lance Corporal, January 1, 1967
  • Corporal, August 1, 1967
President Richard M Nixon presenting the Medal of Honor to Bill's mother and father.

President Richard M Nixon presenting the Medal of Honor to Bill's mother and father.