Lewis Albanese

Lewis Albanese

Venice, Città Metropolitana di Venezia, Veneto, Italy
Death 1 Dec 1966 (aged 20)
Bình Định, Vietnam
Burial Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
Plot Veterans Cemetery, Section KO, Lot E, Grave 75
Memorial ID 10770 · View Source
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Vietnam Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Born in Venice, Italy, he served in the United States Army during the war in Vietnam as a Private First Class in Company B, 5th Battalion (Airmobile), 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery on December 1, 1966. His citation reads "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life and beyond the call of duty. Pfc. Albanese's platoon, while advancing through densely covered terrain to establish a blocking position, received intense automatic weapons fire from close range. As other members maneuvered to assault the enemy position, Pfc. Albanese was ordered to provide security for the left flank of the platoon. Suddenly, the left flank received fire from enemy located in a well-concealed ditch. Realizing the imminent danger to his comrades from this fire, Pfc. Albanese fixed his bayonet and moved aggressively into the ditch. His action silenced the sniper fire, enabling the platoon to resume movement toward the main enemy position. As the platoon continued to advance, the sound of heavy firing emanated from the left flank from a pitched battle that ensued in the ditch which Pfc. Albanese had entered. The ditch was actually a well-organized complex of enemy defenses designed to bring devastating flanking fire on the forces attacking the main position. Pfc. Albanese, disregarding the danger to himself, advanced 100 meters along the trench and killed 6 of the snipers, who were armed with automatic weapons. Having exhausted his ammunition, Pfc. Albanese was mortally wounded when he engaged and killed 2 more enemy soldiers in fierce hand-to-hand combat. His unparalleled actions saved the lives of many members of his platoon who otherwise would have fallen to the sniper fire from the ditch, and enabled his platoon to successfully advance against an enemy force of overwhelming numerical superiority. Pfc. Albanese's extraordinary heroism and supreme dedication to his comrades were commensurate with the finest traditions of the military service and remain a tribute to himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army". His Medal was posthumously presented to his family at the Pentagon by Secretary of the Army Stanley A. Resor on February 16, 1968. His name is found on the Viet Nam Memorial in Washington, DC, on Panel 12E, Row 131.

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