Gaithersburg in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Second Lieutenant William J. Christman, III
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 halted 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
— For the President, John H. Chafee, Secretary of the Navy, Washington.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in Heroes • War, Vietnam. In addition, it is included in the Distinguished Service Cross/Navy Cross/Air Force Cross Recipients series list. A significant historical date for this entry is February 22, 1969.
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(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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 2, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,146 times since then and 34 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.