WILLIAM DERRILL TRENT
Oct. 24, 1948
From EAST PEORIA, ILLINOIS
Casualty was on May 8, 1968
in THUA THIEN, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
OTHER EXPLOSIVE DEVICE
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William Trent served with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines,
Mike Company. He was Killed In Action during Operation HOUSTON
II. His name stands proudly on the Mike 3/5 Wall of Honor.
Semper fi, Brother Marine. We will never forget.
William D. Trent, Navy Cross Citation
heroism while serving as a Machine Gun Squad Leader with Company
M, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division (Reinforced),
in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic
On 9 May 1968,
when Company M encountered a large North Vietnamese Army force in
Quang Nam Province, Corporal Trent's platoon, serving as the forward
element, came under heavy enemy automatic weapons and small-arms
fire. Reacting instantly, he skillfully maneuvered his machine gun
teams toward the enemy positions, despite the continuing hostile
fire. When both the gunner and assistant gunner of one of the teams
became casualties, Corporal Trent, undaunted by the enemy fire erupting
around him, manned the machine gun and continued to advance against
his own safety, he delivered effective fire into a fortified position,
silencing the automatic weapon. Shifting his fire to another target
of opportunity, he quickly annihilated a second enemy position.
He then observed two North Vietnamese soldiers moving to occupy
the first gun position. Instantly, he seized his machine gun and
a belt of ammunition and courageously advanced against the enemy
occupied position, firing his weapon as he maneuvered forward.
Moving to within
a few feet of the pinned down enemy, he killed both hostile soldiers.
Quickly emplacing his machine gun in the fortified position, he
began firing into the enemy's flank. Although mortally wounded by
an enemy hand grenade, he remained at his exposed position until
elements of his platoon were able to maneuver forward. By his bold
initiative, intrepid fighting spirit and selfless devotion to duty,
Corporal Trent inspired all who observed him."