Lester W. Weber

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Lester William Weber
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Born(1948-07-30)July 30, 1948
Aurora, Illinois
DiedFebruary 23, 1969(1969-02-23) (aged 20)
Quảng Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1966–1969
RankLance Corporal
UnitWeapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Training Regiment
Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines
2nd Platoon, Company M, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines
Battles/warsVietnam War 
AwardsMedal of Honor
Purple Heart

Lester William Weber (July 30, 1948 – February 23, 1969) was a United States Marine who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for heroism in Vietnam in February 1969.

Early years[edit]

Weber was born on July 30, 1948, in Aurora, Illinois. He graduated from St. Isaac Jogues Grammar School in Hinsdale, Illinois, in 1962, then attended Hinsdale South High School for two years.

Marine Corps service[edit]

He left high school to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in Chicago on September 30, 1966. He subsequently enlisted in the Regular Marine Corps on January 23, 1967.

He completed recruit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California in March 1967. After he transferred to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, he received individual combat training with Company Z, and weapons special training with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Training Regiment. He was promoted to Private First Class on June 1, 1967.

Vietnam War[edit]

He was ordered to the Republic of Vietnam in July 1967. PFC Weber was assigned duty as an ammunition carrier and squad leader with Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division. He was promoted to Lance Corporal on November 1, 1967.

In January 1969, he assumed duty as squad leader with the 2nd Platoon, Company M, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines. While participating in a search and clear operation in the Bo Ban area of Hieu Duc District in Quảng Nam Province, he was killed in action on February 23, 1969.[1]

Lance Corporal Weber had completed a normal tour of duty in Vietnam and had extended for six months.

Awards and decorations[edit]

A complete list of his medals and decorations include: the Medal of Honor, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with one silver star in lieu of five bronze stars, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

A light blue ribbon with five white five pointed stars 
Silver star
Medal of Honor Purple Heart
National Defense Service Medal Vietnam Service Medal with one silver star Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

The President of the United States in the name of the Congress takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR posthumously to

LANCE CORPORAL LESTER W. WEBER
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

for service as set forth in the following CITATION:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Machine Gun Squad Leader with Company M, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Division, in action against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 23 February 1969, the Second Platoon of Company M was dispatched to the Bo Ban area of Hieu Duc District in Quang Nam Province 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, Lance Corporal Weber's platoon came under heavy attack from concealed hostile soldiers. He reacted by plunging into the tall grass, successfully attacking one enemy and forcing eleven others to break contact. Upon encountering a second North Vietnamese Army soldier, he overwhelmed him in fierce hand-to-hand combat. Observing two other soldiers firing upon his comrades from behind a dike, Lance Corporal Weber ignored the frenzied firing of the enemy and, racing across the hazardous area, dived into their position. He neutralized the position by wresting weapons from the hands of the two soldiers and overcoming them. Although by now the target for concentrated fire from hostile riflemen, Lance Corporal 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. Lance Corporal Weber's indomitable courage, aggressive fighting spirit and unwavering devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

/S/ RICHARD M. NIXON

In memory[edit]

Lester W. Weber's name can be found on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 31W, Row 029.

A memorial stone honoring Lester W. Weber was set in the ground near the northwest corner of the St. Isaac Jogues Grammar School near the school's flagpole and dedicated on May 25, 2003.

The Marine Barracks at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, California was named Weber Hall to honor his memory.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, Charles (1988). U.S. Marines in Vietnam: High Mobility and Standdown 1969. History and Museums Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps. p. 372. ISBN 978-1494287627.
 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Marine Corps.

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