The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in presenting the

                                    PFC WILLIAM E. POWERS

                    UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

For service as set forth in the following


            "For heroic achievement in connection with operations against
the  enemy  in  the  Republic  of  Vietnam  while  serving  as  a  Radio  Operator  with
Company  E, Second Battalion, First  Marines, First Marine Division.  On the morning
of 15 March 1969, Private First Class Powers' squad was conducting a combat patrol
south  of  DaNang  when  two  enemy  explosive  devices  were  detonated,  seriously
injuring  five  Marines. Although  having  received  fragmentation  wounds in the arms
and  legs,  he steadfastly refused  medical  attention  and  remained  at  his  radio  to
skillfully  direct  the  emergency  medical evacuation helicopter to his squad's position.
Leaving his radio  after  the  helicopter  had  landed  in the clearing, he refused to be
evacuated until he had ensured that the more seriously wounded Marines were safely
aboard  the  helicopter.  By  his  initiative,  professional  competence and unwavering
devotion  to  duty,  Private  First  Class  Powers  upheld  the  finest  traditions  of  the
Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service."
The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.
For the Secretary of the Navy

Lieutenant General, U.S. Marine Corps
Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific