CPL William T. Perkins, Jr., who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism in Vietnam in 1967, was born
in Rochester, New York. While in elementary school he moved with his family to California and graduated from
James Monroe High School, Sepulveda, California, in 1965.
He enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve in 1966
and went on active duty on 6 July 1966. Upon completion of recruit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego,
California, he was promoted to private first class in September 1966. He was reassigned to the Marine Corps Base, Camp
Pendleton, California, where he underwent individual combat training.
After completion of training and until January 1967, he served as a photographer with Headquarters Battalion,
Marine Corps Supply Center, Barstow, California. He was promoted to Lance Corporal 1 January 1967.
For the next four months, LCpl Perkins was a student in the Motion Picture Photography course, at the U.S. Army Signal Center
and School, Fort Monmouth, New Jersey.
In July 1967, LCpl Perkins served as a photographer with Service Company, Headquarters
Battalion, 3d Marine Division and was reassigned to the Republic of Vietnam. He was promoted to Corporal 1 August 1967.
While serving as a combat photographer with Company C, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division during Operation Medina,
he was killed in action on 12 October 1967.
In addition to the medals shown above, Corporal Perkins was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, the Vietnamese
Military Merit Medal, and the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm (Unit).