Biography

WILLIAM MARAUGHA, JR., born Feb. 14, 1933 in Indian Head, PA. Enlisted in USN November 1951. Following basic training at Great Lakes, IL assigned to NATTC, Norman, OK. In 1953 assigned to USS Randolph (CVA-15); 1954 assigned to USS Midway (CVA-41) to take it from Norfolk, VA around the world to Bremton, WA. Delayed to help evacuate Tachon Island in Formosa; 1956 assigned to USS Johnnie Hutchins (DE-360) reserve training out of Boston; 1958 USS Robert A. Owens (DD-827). Served 5-1/2 years and was the first ship in Cuban missile crisis. Sent to Argentina in 1953 and in 1968 assigned to NAS Brunswick, ME. After a short tour in Maine, volunteered for Vietnam. Trained at Mare Island and Language School at Coronado, CA. Assigned RIVDIV 593 as patrol officer. Evacuated in 1969.

After six months at Annapolis, MD, Naval Hospital released and went aboard (DLG-16) Lehay. He volunteered in 1970 for Vietnam again and assigned RPG 53 as leading chief. He made over 150 patrols in two tours.

Awarded two Purple Hearts for wounds in combat, three Bronze Stars w/Combat V, three Navy Commendation Medals w/Combat V, two Presidential Unit Citations, RVN Gallantry Cross among others.

Retired MMC in December 1971 out of Vietnam. Worked in Building Inc. until he retired in 1998.

"I want to give all the praise and glory to the young men who served on my boats, putting their young lives on the line on every patrol. Thank you all."

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