William H. Grissim III


Name of Veteran: Lt. William Hamlet Grissim III- USMC


Group Name: Navy Cross


AAC Tracking Number#5468


Date Acquired: December 2016


Items in the Group Specifics:

Navy Cross WW2 Issue in box

Purple Heart type 2, issued in type 1, purple coffin case box unengraved as issued for WIA during WW2

Original Navy Cross award document

2 other medals


Why is the group special: Because it is an original WW2 Navy cross and award document together


Navy Cross Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to William H. Grissim, III (0-22077), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as an Artillery Forward Observer, while attached to the Second Battalion, Twelfth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, Third Amphibious Corps, in action against enemy Japanese forces on the Asan-Adelup Beachhead, Guam, Marianas islands, on the night of 21 - 22 July 1944. Advancing to a location atop a small hill, Second Lieutenant Grissim directed our artillery fire in the face of intense opposition from enemy rifles, mortars, machine guns and grenades. Despite two wounds sustained in this action, he stood his ground and, calling fire down upon himself on more than one occasion in order to direct our fire against the hostile troops in his immediate vicinity, assisted the infantry in maintaining their position and in repelling four counterattacks. His professional skill, courage and devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.