William Deane Hawkins was born April 19, 1914, in Fort Scott, Kansas. He died of wounds, a first lieutenant of the United States Marine Corps Reserve, November 21, 1943, on Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll.

Anyone who has ever been in combat knows that it is almost impossible to grade bravery. Who can judge that one man who risks his life is more courageous than another? Who can say that a man is braver if he kills many of the enemy than if he lost his own life on the beach before he ever had a chance at the enemy? Read the entire article.