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Lawrence David Peters

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U.S. Marine Corps
Medal Of Honor, Vietnam

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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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