Medal of Honor - 1968

3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Divison

Quang Nam Province, Republic of VietNam

Born: 2 November 1946, Middleboro, Mass.
Entered service at: Boston, Mass.

The President of the United States,
in the name of The Congress takes pride in presenting
the MEDAL OF HONOR posthumously to:


for service as set forth in the following


For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 28 July 1968 while serving as a Platoon Corpsman with Company K, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division during combat operations against enemy forces in the Republic of Vietnam. While on a sweep through an open rice field in Quang Nam Province, Petty Officer Caron's unit started receiving enemy small-arms fire. Upon seeing two Marine casualties fall, he immediately ran forward to render first aid, but found that they were dead. At this time, the platoon was taken under intense small-arms and automatic weapons fire, sustaining additional casualties. As he moved to the aid of his wounded comrades, Petty Officer Caron was hit in the arm by enemy fire. Although knocked to the ground, he regained his feet and continued to the injured Marines. He rendered medical assistance to the first Marine he reached, who was grievously wounded, and undoubtedly was instrumental in saving a man's life. Petty Officer Caron then ran toward the second wounded Marine, but was again hit by enemy fire, this time in the leg. Nonetheless, he crawled the remaining distance and provided medical assistance for this severely wounded man. Petty Officer Caron continued to make his way to yet another injured comrade, when he was again struck by enemy small-arms fire. Courageously and with unbelievable determination, Petty Officer Caron continued his attempt to reach the third Marine until he was killed by an enemy rocket round. His inspiring valor, steadfast determination, and selfless dedication to duty in the face of extreme danger, sustain and enhance the finest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country.



On October 1977, the Navy Commissioned a destroyer the USS CARON (DD 970) named in Honor of Doc Wayne Caron. In the library on the ship is the story of the Kilo Co. Marines that served with, and those who died with Wayne Caron.

The Canron was placed Inactive as of October 15, 2001.

Status of the USS Caron DD 970

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