Medal of Honor
ALBANESE, LEWIS *
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company B, 5th Battalion (Airmobile), 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division
Place and date: Republic of Vietnam, 1 December 1966
Entered service at: Seattle, Washington
Born: 27 April 1946, Venice, Italy
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life and beyond the call of duty. Pfc. Albanese's platoon, while advancing through densely covered terrain to establish a blocking position, received intense automatic weapons fire from close range. As other members maneuvered to assault the enemy position, Pfc. Albanese was ordered to provide security for the left flank of the platoon. Suddenly, the left flank received fire from enemy located in a well concealed ditch. Realizing the imminent danger to his comrades from this fire, Pfc. Albanese fixed his bayonet and moved aggressively into the ditch. His action silenced the sniper fire, enabling the platoon to resume movement toward the main enemy position. As the platoon continued to advance, the sound of heavy firing emanated from the left flank from a pitched battle that ensued in the ditch which Pfc. Albanese had entered. The ditch was actually a well-organized complex of enemy defenses designed to bring devastating flanking fire on the forces attacking the main position. Pfc. Albanese, disregarding the danger to himself, advanced 100 meters along the trench and killed 6 of the snipers, who were armed with automatic weapons. Having exhausted his ammunition, Pfc. Albanese was mortally wounded when he engaged and killed 2 more enemy soldiers in fierce hand-to-hand combat. His unparalled actions saved the lives of many members of his platoon who otherwise would have fallen to the sniper fire from the ditch, and enabled his platoon to successfully advance against an enemy force of overwhelming numerical superiority. Pfc. Albanese's extraordinary heroism and supreme dedication to his comrades were commensurate with the finest traditions of the military service and remain a tribute to himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
Lewis Albanese, 1964 Franklin High School yearbook graduation photograph. Seattle, Washington.
The following e-mail and photographs of Lewis Albanese were received on 12 April 2006 from Ray Weaver <email@example.com>.
My name is Ray Weaver and I was looking at your Lewis Albanese Medal of Honor page and thought I would send you this e-mail. Louie and I were best friends from age 10 years. We had paper routes together, we were locker partners through high school and were drafted into the Army the same day and took basic together (1/11th Infantry, Fort Carson, Colorado). Louie and I went bowling on base the night before he left for Nam.
I don't know if you are aware of this fact, Louie's cousin Luigi Albanese was also killed in Vietnam. Louie was a good son, a good brother to his sister and a good friend. Attached are a few photos of Louie.
The following e-mail and the high school yearbook graduation photograph of Lewis Albanese were received on 13 November 1998 from Ric Hedman, firstname.lastname@example.org
"I have looked at your page on people from Vietnam that have been awarded the Medal of Honor. Lewis Albanese was a classmate of mine at Franklin High School in Seattle Washington. We graduated with the class of 1964. Lewie and I were aquaintances, we knew each other and had classes together, though we weren't great friends. We traveled in different circles but talked from time to time. I learned of Lewies' demise at a class reunion. He was a very nice person and well liked by the people around him".
Ric Hedman, US Navy, TN(SS)
ex-USS Flasher SSN 613, 1965 - 1968
PFC Lewis Albanese is buried in the veteran's section of Seattle's Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery. A large American/Canadian/South Vietnamese commemoration is held there every year on Memorial Day.
Thanks to: Daniel Luechtefeld <email@example.com>
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Last name: ALBANESE
First name: LEWIS
Home of Record (official): SEATTLE
State (official): WA
Date of Birth: Saturday, April 27, 1946
Marital Status: Single
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Serial Number: 56390719
Component: Selective Service
Pay grade: E3
MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 11B20
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Start of Tour: Tuesday, August 2, 1966
Date of Casualty: Thursday, December 1, 1966
Age at time of loss: 20
Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died
Reason: Gun, small arms fire (Ground casualty)
Country: South VietNam
Province: Unknown/Not Reported
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