*WARREN, JOHN E., JR.
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant,
U.S. Army, Company C, 2d Battalion, (Mechanized), 22d Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. Place
and Date: Tay Ninh Province, Republic of Vietnam, 14 January 1969. Entered
service at: New York, N.Y. Born: 16 November 1946, Brooklyn, N.Y.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and
beyond the call of duty. 1st Lt. Warren, distinguished himself at the cost of his life
while serving as a platoon leader with Company C. While moving through a rubber plantation
to reinforce another friendly unit, Company C came under intense fire from a
well-fortified enemy force. Disregarding his safety, 1st Lt. Warren with several of his
men began maneuvering through the hail of enemy fire toward the hostile positions. When he
had come to within 6 feet of one of the enemy bunkers and was preparing to toss a hand
grenade into it, an enemy grenade was suddenly thrown into the middle of his small group.
Thinking only of his men, 1st Lt. Warren fell in the direction of the grenade, thus
shielding those around him from the blast. His action, performed at the cost of his life,
saved 3 men from serious or mortal injury. First Lt. Warren's ultimate action of sacrifice
to save the lives of his men was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military
service and reflects great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army.