Seay, William Wayne, SGT

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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Transportation Corps
Last Primary MOS
64B-Heavy Vehicle Driver
Last MOS Group
Transportation Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 64B, 7th Transportation Battalion
Service Years
1967 - 1968

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Home State
Alabama
Alabama
Year of Birth
1948
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Brewton
Last Address
Pensacola, Florida

Casualty Date
Aug 25, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Tay Ninh
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
46W 022

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 Unit Assignments
48th Transportation Group62nd Transportation Company7th Transportation Battalion
  1967-1968, 64B, 48th Transportation Group
  1967-1968, 64B, 62nd Transportation Company
  1967-1968, 64B, 7th Transportation Battalion
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1962-1973 Vietnam War
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Medal of Honor Citation

WILLIAM WAYNE  SEAY
Sergeant, U.S. Army
62d Transportation Company (Medium Truck), 7th Transportation Battalion, 48th Transportation Group.
Place and Date: Near Ap Nhi, Republic of Vietnam 25 August 1968.
Entered Service at: Montgomery, Ala.
Born: 24 October 1948, Brewton, Ala.
 
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Seay distinguished himself while serving as a driver with the 62d Transportation Company, on a resupply mission. The convoy with which he was traveling, carrying critically needed ammunition and supplies from Long Binh to Tay Ninh, was ambushed by a reinforced battalion of the North Vietnamese Army. As the main elements of the convoy entered the ambush killing zone, they were struck by intense rocket, machinegun and automatic weapon fire from the well concealed and entrenched enemy force. When his convoy was forced to stop, Sgt. Seay immediately dismounted and took a defensive position behind the wheels of a vehicle loaded with high-explosive ammunition. As the violent North Vietnamese assault approached to within 10 meters of the road, Sgt. Seay opened fire, killing 2 of the enemy. He then spotted a sniper in a tree approximately 75 meters to his front and killed him. When an enemy grenade was thrown under an ammunition trailer near his position, without regard for his own safety he left his protective cover, exposing himself to intense enemy fire, picked up the grenade, and threw it back to the North Vietnamese position, killing 4 more of the enemy and saving the lives of the men around him. Another enemy grenade landed approximately 3 meters from Sgt. Seay's position. Again Sgt. Seay left his covered position and threw the armed grenade back upon the assaulting enemy. After returning to his position he was painfully wounded in the right wrist; however, Sgt. Seay continued to give encouragement and direction to his fellow soldiers. After moving to the relative cover of a shallow ditch, he detected 3 enemy soldiers who had penetrated the position and were preparing to fire on his comrades. Although weak from loss of blood and with his right hand immobilized, Sgt. Seay stood up and fired his rifle with his left hand, killing all 3 and saving the lives of the other men in his location. As a result of his heroic action, Sgt. Seay was mortally wounded by a sniper's bullet. Sgt. Seay, by his gallantry in action at the cost of his life, has reflected great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
   
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Vietnam Wall coords Panel 46W Line 22

Sgt. Seay was buried in Weaver Cemetery,  Brewton, Escambia County, Alabama with full military honors.

In 1998, the U.S.N.S. "Seay" was named in his honor.
   
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