2018 // Bronze Star Medal with “V” Device

For heroic achievement in connection with operations against insurgent communist (Viet Cong) forces in the Republic of Vietnam while serving as an Automatic Rifleman with Company F, Second Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Division. On 26 November 1967 during Operation Foster in Quang Nam Province, Lance Corporal WATSON’s company came under heavy mortar and automatic weapons fire from an entrenched, numerically superior enemy force. In the initial moments of the fire fight, the company sustained numerous casualties and was temporarily pinned down. Observing a wounded Marine lying in an open area, Lance Corporal WATSON unhesitatingly exposed himself to heavy enemy fire as he moved to the side of the casualty, placed him across his shoulders and carried him to a covered position. With complete disregard for his own safety, he courageously returned to the exposed area several times to recover wounded Marines, carrying them to covered positions where they received medical aid and were prepared for evacuation. His steadfast determination and deep concern for his wounded companions inspired all who observed him and undoubtedly were instrumental in saving several Marine lives. Lance Corporal WATSON’s resolute courage, bold initiative and selfless devotion to duty at great personal risk were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.