US Military Combat Camera History & Stories Museum



The brave ones fought with weapons on October 12, 1967

Posted by Dr Sylvester Caraway Jr. on February 14, 2011 at 5:18 PM

The brave ones fought with weapons.


The crazy ones fought with cameras.


On October 12, 1967 during Operation Medina, a major reconnaissance operation in the Hai Lang National Forest in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam, Cpl. William T. Perkins Jr. made the ultimate sacrifice when he hurled himself upon an enemy hand grenade to save the lives of his fellow Marines. Bill Perkins Jr. is the only combat photographer in our nation’s history to receive the Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest award for valor.


Thirty years later, his friend Craig Ingraham set out on a journey to discover what happened that day in the Hai Lang forest of Vietnam and along the way, he discovered so much more.


Meet Cpl William T. Perkins:




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