Jerry Wayne Wickam

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Jerry Wayne Wickam

Birthdate: (25)
Birthplace: Rockford, Illinois, USA
Death: January 6, 1968 (25) (KIA)
Place of Burial: Leaf River, Ogle, Illinois, USA
Managed by: Shirley Marie Caulk
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About Jerry Wayne Wickam

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Corporal Jerry Wayne Wickam (ASN: 54807388), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Troop F, 2d Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, in action against enemy aggressor forces in the Republic of Vietnam, on 6 January 1968. Troop F was conducting a reconnaissance in force mission southwest of Loc Ninh when the lead element of the friendly force was subjected to a heavy barrage of rocket, automatic weapons, and small arms fire from a well concealed enemy bunker complex. Disregarding the intense fire, Corporal Wickam leaped from his armored vehicle and assaulted one of the enemy bunkers and threw a grenade into it, killing two enemy soldiers. He moved into the bunker, and with the aid of another soldier, began to remove the body of one Viet Cong when he detected the sound of an enemy grenade being charged. Corporal Wickam warned his comrade and physically pushed him away from the grenade thus protecting him from the force of the blast. When a second Viet Cong bunker was discovered, he ran through a hail of enemy fire to deliver deadly fire into the bunker, killing one enemy soldier. He also captured one Viet Cong who later provided valuable information on enemy activity in the Loc Ninh area. After the patrol withdrew and an air strike was conducted, Corporal Wickam led his men back to evaluate the success of the strike. They were immediately attacked again by enemy fire. Without hesitation, he charged the bunker from which the fire was being directed, enabling the remainder of his men to seek cover. He threw a grenade inside of the enemy's position killing two Viet Cong and destroying the bunker. Moments later he was mortally wounded by enemy fire. Corporal Wickam's extraordinary heroism at the cost of his life were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 78 (December 4, 1969)

Action Date: 6-Jan-68

Service: Army

Rank: Corporal

Company: Troop F, 2d Squadron

Regiment: 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

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Jerry Wayne Wickam's Timeline

January 19, 1942
Rockford, Illinois, USA
January 6, 1968
Age 25
Leaf River, Ogle, Illinois, USA