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First Name: Mack

Last Name: Wilhelm

Birthplace: Hutchinson Co., TX, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Home of Record: Rockport, TX
Middle Name: Houston

Date of Birth: 02 July 1945

Date of Death: 19 February 1969

Rank or Rate: Petty Officer Third Class

Years Served:
Mack Houston Wilhelm

•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


Mack Houston Wilhelm

Hospitalman 3rd Class, U. S. Navy

Navy Cross

Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Hospitalman Third Class Mack Houston Wilhelm (NSN: B-713921), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism on 19 February 1969 as a Corpsman serving with Company D, First Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. When his company came under a heavy volume of fire from an enemy force occupying a well-concealed bunker complex at the crest of a hill in the northern section of the I Corps Tactical Zone, Petty Officer Wilhelm observed a seriously wounded Marine lying dangerously exposed to the intense hostile fire, and quickly raced across the fire-swept terrain to the side of the casualty. Although Petty Officer Wilhelm was painfully wounded in the shoulder, he skillfully administered emergency first aid to his companion, picked him up and, shielding him with his own body, commenced to carry him to a sheltered position. Once again wounded, this time in the leg, Petty Officer Wilhelm nonetheless managed to evacuate his patient to a relatively safe location. He then returned through the hail of fire to the side of another critically wounded Marine and was in the process of examining the casualty when he, himself, was mortally wounded by a burst of enemy rifle fire. By his daring initiative, outstanding courage, and selfless dedication, Petty Officer Wilhelm was directly instrumental in saving the life of a fellow serviceman. His heroic and determined efforts were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Origin of Nickname/Handle:

Texas Exceptional Gallantry

Honoree ID: 285821   Created by: MHOH




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