USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) LT. William "Bill" Fitzgerald (1938-1967) was a U. S. Navy officer who was killed in action during the Vietnam War, while serving as an advisor to the Republic of Vietnam Navy. Lt. Fitzgerald reported to Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, California, where he attended counterinsurgency training. Upon completion he was assigned duties as the senior U.S. advisor at Coastal Defense Group in Vietnam, 1967.
Defense Group Sixteen's compound came under heavy attack as the senior American commander, immediately ordered a retreat of the civilians within the compound. Lt. Fitzgerald and three others delayed their retreat as long as possible in order to provide covering fire to aid in their escape, he was mortally wounded in this action,and was posthumously awarded the U. S. Navy's second-highest decoration for valor, the Navy Cross.