b. 19/06/1945 Brooklyn, New York. d. 15/02/1967 Kon Tum, Vietnam.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 15/02/1967 Kon Tum, Vietnam.
Vietnam Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army during the War in Vietnam as a Private First Class in Company C, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division. He was posthumously awarded the CMOH for his bravery in the Kontum Province on February 15, 1967.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Pfc. Willett distinguished himself while serving as a rifleman in Company C, during combat operations. His squad was conducting a security sweep when it made contact with a large enemy force. The squad was immediately engaged with a heavy volume of automatic weapons fire and pinned to the ground. Despite the deadly fusillade, Pfc. Willett rose to his feet firing rapid bursts from his weapon and moved to a position from which he placed highly effective fire on the enemy. His action allowed the remainder of his squad to begin to withdraw from the superior enemy force toward the company perimeter. Pfc. Willett covered the squad's withdrawal, but his position drew heavy enemy machinegun fire, and he received multiple wounds enabling the enemy again to pin down the remainder of the squad. Pfc. Willett struggled to an upright position, and, disregarding his painful wounds, he again engaged the enemy with his rifle to allow his squad to continue its movement and to evacuate several of his comrades who were by now wounded. Moving from position to position, he engaged the enemy at close range until he was mortally wounded. By his unselfish acts of bravery, Pfc. Willett insured the withdrawal of his comrades to the company position, saving their lives at the cost of his life. Pfc. Willett's valorous actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.
BURIAL LOCATION: SAINT JOHN CEMETERY, MIDDLE VILLAGE, NEW YORK.
Section 37, Range M, Plot 24
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