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VADM Kent H. Williams 
2017 Wall of Gallantry - Lieutenant Kent H. Williams
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Legion of Merit with Combat “V” Device to 
Lieutenant Kent H. Williams
United States Coast Guard 

For services as set forth in the following Citation:

For meritorious service while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against the North Vietnamese and the Viet Cong Communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam. Lieutenant Williams served as the commanding officer, United States Cutters Point Welcome, Point Ellis, Point Young and as Administrative Officer, Coast Guard Division Twelve from 16 May 1968 to 1 May 1969. As a Commanding Officer, he conducted counter-infiltration patrols, provided gunfire support and conducted frequent psychological warfare operations. His outstanding leadership and untiring devotion to duty were reflected in the fine operational records attained by each of his commands. While under his command, the Point Ellis accounted for the destruction or damage of nearly one hundred junks and sampans. On the night of 23 February 1969, the Point Young received an urgent call from a beach unit that was surrounded by a force of more than one hundred North Vietnamese Army troops and in danger of being overrun. The Point Young provided immediate gunfire support and, despite receiving hostile rocket fire, maintained her position and continued firing through the night. Through accurate coordination with the shore-based auxiliary, he succeeded in turning back the enemy attack. In addition to his command duties, he served as Administrative Officer for Division Twelve from 26 November 1968 to 1 April 1969. He introduced new personnel procedures which succeeded in smoothing the frequent transition of personnel among the patrol units. He constantly preformed his duties with excellence and efficiency. Lieutenant Williams displayed exceptionally thorough professional knowledge, timely initiative and courage under fire in keeping with the highest traditions of The United States Naval Service.