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Lawrence David Peters
Birth: Sep. 16, 1946
Johnson City
Broome County
New York, USA
Death: Sep. 4, 1967, Vietnam

Viet Nam Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served during the Viet Nam War in the United States Marine Corps as a Sergeant in Company M, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at Quang Tin Province, Republic of Vietnam, on September 4, 1967. His citation reads “For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a squad leader with Company M. During Operation SWIFT, the marines of the 2nd Platoon of Company M were struck by intense mortar, machinegun, and small arms fire from an entrenched enemy force. As the company rallied its forces, Sgt. Peters maneuvered his squad in an assault on any enemy defended knoll. Disregarding his safety, as 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. While directing the base of 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, Sgt. Peters stood erect in the full view of the enemy firing burst after burst forcing them to disclose their camouflaged positions. Sgt. Peters steadfastly continued to direct his squad in spite of 2 additional wounds, 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 once again carried the assault to the enemy. By his outstanding valor,indomitable fighting spirit and tenacious determination in the face of overwhelming odds, Sgt. Peters upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country”. His Medal was posthumously awarded to his family by Vice-President Spiro Agnew on April 20, 1970. (bio by: Russ Dodge) 
 
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Chenango Valley Cemetery
Binghamton
Broome County
New York, USA
 
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Record added: Mar 13, 2002
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