Kent Williams led a patrol boat that helped to turn back an enemy attack on an American naval unit on the beach one night in 1969.
On Thursday, the 74-year-old Williams will be inducted into the Hall of Heroes at the academy in New London, Connecticut. He spent 32 years in the Coast Guard and retired as a vice admiral.
Williams says he remembers the night in Vietnam as another mission in his lengthy Coast Guard career. He says, “Part of what we do is we go into harm’s way.”
For his service in Vietnam, Williams was awarded a Bronze Star and cited for courage under fire.
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