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 Kenneth Lee Worley

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Kenneth Lee Worley

Birth
Farmington, San Juan County, New Mexico, USA
Death 12 Aug 1968 (aged 20)
Vietnam
Burial Westminster, Orange County, California, USA
Plot Four Seasons - 29
Memorial ID 7030418 View Source
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Vietnam Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Official Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a machine gunner with Company L, 3d Battalion, in action against enemy forces. After establishing a night ambush position in a house in the Bo Ban, Hamlet of Quang Nam Province, security was set up and the remainder of the patrol members retired until their respective watch. During the early morning hours the marines were abruptly awakened by the platoon leader's warning that "grenades" had landed in the house. Fully realizing the inevitable result of his actions, L/Cpl. Worley, in a valiant act of heroism, instantly threw himself upon the grenade nearest him and his comrades, absorbing with his body, the full and tremendous force of the explosion. Through his extraordinary initiative and inspiring valor in the face of almost certain death, he saved his comrades from serious injury and possible loss of life although 5 of his fellow marines incurred minor wounds as the other grenades exploded. L/Cpl. Worley's gallant actions upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.


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CALIFORNIA
L CPL CO L 7 MAR 1 MAR DIV
VIETNAM
MEDAL OF HONOR - PURPLE HEART

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  • Added: 23 Dec 2002
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7030418/kenneth-lee-worley : accessed ), memorial page for Kenneth Lee Worley (27 Apr 1948–12 Aug 1968), Find a Grave Memorial ID 7030418, citing Westminster Memorial Park, Westminster, Orange County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .