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Lawrence David Peters

 

TAPS

Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.


Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.


Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Chenango Valley Cemetery

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Born:  September 16, 1946 at Johnson City, NY

Entered Service in the US Marine Corps from Binghamton, NY

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism September 04, 1967 at Quang Tin Province, Vietnam

Died:  September 04, 1967 at the age of 20

During Operation SWIFT, Sergeant Peters company was struck by intense mortar, machinegun, and small arms fire from an entrenched enemy force. As the company rallied its forces, Sergeant Peters maneuvered his squad in an assault on any enemy defended knoll. While enemy rounds hit all about him, he stood in the open, pointing out enemy positions until he was painfully wounded in the leg. Disregarding his wound, he moved forward and continued to lead his men. As the enemy fire increased in accuracy and volume, his squad lost its momentum and was temporarily pinned down. Exposing himself to devastating enemy fire, he consolidated his position to render more effective fire. He was wounded a second time in the face and neck from an exploding mortar round. As the enemy attempted to infiltrate the position of an adjacent platoon, he stood erect in the full view of the enemy, firing burst after burst and forcing them to disclose their camouflaged positions. He steadfastly continued to direct his squad in spite of two additional wounds and persisted in his efforts to encourage and supervise his men until he lost consciousness and succumbed. Inspired by his selfless actions, the squad regained fire superiority and again carried the assault to the enemy.

 

 

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