The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the NAVY CROSS posthumously to
FIRST LIEUTENANT WILLIAM MCKINLEY FLEMING,
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS (RESERVE)
for service as set forth in the following
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to William McKinley Fleming (0-12303), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as a Platoon Leader in Company C, First Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces in the vicinity of Hill 150 on Cape Gloucester, New Britain, 10 January 1944. Commanding the center platoon and ordered to attack the enemy, First Lieutenant Fleming led his men against blazing machine-gun and mortar fire, unhesitatingly exposing himself to terrific fire as he pointed out targets and continuing to lead his platoon forward until he was killed by the enemy. By his fearless disregard for personal safety, First Lieutenant Fleming inspired his men to such resolute courage that enemy resistance in his sector was materially reduced, thereby contributing to the final success of the operation. His valiant leadership, perfect coolness under fire and uncompromising devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.