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 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 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
— For the President, John H. Chafee, Secretary of the Navy, Washington.
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 0.3 miles east of Muddy Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 304 West Deer Park Road, Gaithersburg MD 20877, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. DeSellum Family Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Meridian Mark Pier and Geodetic Survey Monuments (approx. 0.4 miles away); Night at the Gaithersburg Latitude Observatory (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Chandler Wobble (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Observatory (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.)
Categories. • Heroes • War, Vietnam •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 2, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,875 times since then. 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.