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Second Lieutenant William J. Christman, III

 
 
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By Tom Fuchs, March 27, 2006
1. Second Lieutenant William J. Christman, III Marker
Inscription.  The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross posthumously to Second Lieutenant William J. Christman, III, United States Marine Corps Reserve, for service as set forth in the following Citation:

For extraordinary heroism while serving as a Platoon Commander with Company A, First Battalion, Ninth Marines, Third Marine Division, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. Early on the afternoon of 22 February 1969, Company A was patrolling north of Ashau Valley in Quang Tri Province when its lead element was pinned down by intense fire from a large North Vietnamese Army force well concealed in a heavily fortified bunker complex. Reacting instantly, Second Lieutenant Christman deployed his platoon to the right flank of the lead platoon and skillfully maneuvered his men forward in a coordinated attack until halter and pinned down by the extremely heavy volume of cross fire from the North Vietnamese emplacements and numerous sniper positions in trees. He directed the fire of his
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By Tom Fuchs, March 27, 2006
2. Second Lieutenant William J. Christman, III Marker
machine guns and light antitank weapons against the North Vietnamese emplacements and mounted such an aggressive assault that his platoon moved through the forward enemy positions. Undaunted by the enemy rounds impacting around him, he fired his light antitank assault weapon, and fearlessly charging across the fire-swept terrain hurled hand grenades into a hostile emplacement, killing seven North Vietnamese soldiers and silencing their machine gun. Coming under fire from an adjacent bunker, he was mortally wounded while attempting to fire his light antitank assault weapon against the emplacement. With his remaining strength, he resolutely propped himself up on one arm to direct his men in outflanking and destroying the enemy bunker. His heroic actions inspired his men to such aggressive action in a coordinated company attack that 105 North Vietnamese soldiers were killed and a large bunker complex was destroyed. By his courage, bold initiative, and unwavering devotion to duty, Second Lieutenant Christman upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

— For the President, John H. Chafee, Secretary of the Navy, Washington.
 
Marker series.
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By Tom Fuchs, March 27, 2006
3. Christman Park Entrance
This marker is included in the Distinguished Service Cross/Navy Cross/Air Force Cross Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 39° 7.894′ N, 77° 12.134′ W. Marker is in Gaithersburg, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from West Deer Park Road 0.7 miles south of Cedar Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 304 West Deer Park Road, Gaithersburg MD 20877, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. We Will Never Forget (within shouting distance of this marker); DeSellum Family Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Meridian Mark Pier and Geodetic Survey Monuments (approx. 0.4 miles away); A Night at the Gaithersburg Latitude Observatory (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Chandler Wobble (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gaithersburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. William J Christman. Virtual Wall Memorial includes a photo. (Submitted on May 2, 2006.) 

2. The Vietnam Quatrain. by Terry Scott Presgrove. (Submitted on May 2, 2006.) 

3. Washington DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial - The Wall - USA. This link will take you to the page which details the information regarding Second Lieutenant William J. Christman. (Submitted on August 4, 2009.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 2, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,960 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 2, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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