Coast Guard Academy honors grad for combat role in Vietnam

In this late-1960s photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Lt. j.g. Kent Williams stands aboard the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Point Ellis in the waters of Vietnam. On Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, the 74-year-old Williams is being inducted into the Hall of Heroes at the academy. He spent 32 years in the Coast Guard and retired as a vice admiral. (U.S. Coast Guard via AP)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The United States Coast Guard Academy is honoring a 1965 graduate for the role he played in a combat mission during the Vietnam War.

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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