In episode 1039 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast a brave US Marine will be remembered. William T. Perkins Jr., a native of Rochester, New York laid down his life for his country and his fellow Marines. He was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division. On Oct. 12, 1967 while his unit was in a battle southwest of Quang Tri during Operation Medina Perkins lost his life. Upon the 50th anniversary of his passing, he was remembered in a story that appeared in The Democrat & Chronicle titled: Armed with a camera, a Rochester native went above and beyond in Vietnam War. The story was written and submitted by Jim Memmott, a retired senior editor who writes about what makes Rochester distinctively Rochester, its history, its habits, its people. Contact him at: (585) 278-8012 or jmemmott@DemocratandChronicle.com or Remarkable Rochester, Box 274, Geneseo, NY 14454. Perkins grew up in Southern California where he went to high school and college and joined the US Marines in 1967. He was born and lived the first few years of his life in Rochester. His parents were William Perkins Sr. and Marilane O’Leary Perkins. William Perkins worked at the Eastman Kodak Co. in Rochester before the family relocated to California. Young William was a popular figure in high school and had a wide circle of friends. One of his favorite activities in school was the theater club. That is where his developed a fascination with photography. His father encouraged his interest in the craft by presenting him with a brand new Kodak camera when he joined his high school’s film club. He took his interest in photography with him when he joined the Marine Corps which led him down the path of glory. Listen to episode 1039 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast and discover the reason why William T. Perkins Jr. was a great American. Watch the gripping documentary, Above and Beyond: The Story of Cpl. William T. Perkins Jr. USMC.