Gary Williams



Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device

NAMProfessional achievement in the superior performance of his duties while serving as Platoon Corpsman, Weapons Platoon, Company K, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7, I Marine Expeditionary Force Forward, on 5 April 2006, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. During an improvised explosive device attack on a dismounted patrol in Haqlaniyah, Iraq, Hospitalman Williams treated the injuries of a fellow comrade after he sustained serious wounds from the detonation of a roadside improvised explosive device. In the midst of this chaotic moment, he calmly and confidently directed the actions of those at the casualty collection point and maintained order while treating the severely wounded Marine. He applied two tourniquets, an intravenous bag and morphine to stabilize the casualty. His ability to make critical and timely decisions undoubtedly saved his patient’s life. Hospitalman Williams’ initiative, perseverance, and total dedication to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


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