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Editorial Salute - 3/15/11

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In June, 1965, Charleston, South Carolina native and Green Beret, Lieutenant Charles Quincy Williams, a member of the Army's 5th Special Forces Group, led the defense of their Vietnam encampment and district headquarters, against a nighttime attack by a regiment of Vietcong. 

As enemy forces moved closer, and some of the attached Vietnamese forces began to fall back, Lieutenant Williams, as his award citation notes: "dashed through a barrage of gunfire, and succeeded in rallying those defenders."  Taking over for his seriously-wounded commander, although he  had already sustained multiple wounds himself, Lieutenant Williams then took total charge of the defense, consolidating his combined forces in the district headquarters building, and, with communications re-established, called in, and guided, supportive air-strikes. "By his courage," stated the citation," he inspired his team to hold out against insurgents closing-in and throwing grenades."

Then, working his way across open ground, he took out an enemy machine gun that continued to threaten his men, in so doing, sustaining his fourth wound.  After a 14-hour defensive battle, and despite continuing, sporadic, enemy fire, he was able to evacuate the wounded and other personnel by helicopter.  For his "conspicuous gallantry at the risk of his life," Lieutenant Charles Williams received the Medal of Honor, presented at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, on July 5, 1966.  Yet another sterling example of America's proud tradition of men and women who have fought, and continue to fight, for the cause of freedom, no matter the sacrifice.

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