Medal of Honor

 

 

WEBER, LESTER W.*

 

 

Rank and organization: Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, Company M, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division.

 

Place and date: Quang Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam, 23 February 1969.

 

Entered service at: Chicago, Ill.

 

Born: 30 July 1948, Aurora, Ill.

 

Citation:

 

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a machinegun squad leader with Company M, in action against the enemy. The 2d Platoon of Company M was dispatched to the Bo Ban area of Hieu Duc District to assist a squad from another platoon which had become heavily engaged with a well entrenched enemy battalion. While moving through a rice paddy covered with tall grass L/Cpl. Weber's platoon came under heavy attack from concealed hostile soldiers. He reacted by plunging into the tall grass, successfully attacking 1 enemy and forcing 11 others to break contact. Upon encountering a second North Vietnamese Army soldier he overwhelmed him in fierce hand-to-hand combat. Observing 2 other soldiers firing upon his comrades from behind a dike, L/Cpl. Weber ignored the frenzied firing of the enemy and racing across the hazardous area, dived into their position. He neutralized the position by wrestling weapons from the hands of the 2 soldiers and overcoming them. Although by now the target for concentrated fire from hostile riflemen, L/Cpl. Weber remained in a dangerously exposed position to shout words of encouragement to his emboldened companions. As he moved forward to attack a fifth enemy soldier, he was mortally wounded. L/Cpl. Weber's indomitable courage, aggressive fighting spirit and unwavering devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

 


 

--- General / Personal ---

Last name: WEBER

First name: LESTER WILLIAM

Home of Record (official): HINSDALE

State (official): IL

Date of Birth: Friday, July 30, 1948

Sex: Male

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Single

 

--- Military ---

Branch: Marine Corps

Rank: LCPL

Serial Number: 2323793

Component: Regular

Pay grade: E3

MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 0351

 

--- Action ---

Start of Tour: Tuesday, July 11, 1967

Date of Casualty: Sunday, February 23, 1969

Age at time of loss: 20

Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died

Reason: Gun, small arms fire (Ground casualty)

Country: South VietNam

Province: Quang Nam

The Wall: Panel 31W - Row 029

 


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