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 Fred Faulkner Lester

Fred Faulkner Lester

Birth
Downers Grove, DuPage County, Illinois, USA
Death 8 Jun 1945 (aged 19)
Okinawa, Japan
Burial Darien, DuPage County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 8211045 · View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served as a Hospital Apprentice First Class U.S. Navy, attached to the 1st Battalion, 22nd Marines, 6th Marine Division as a Medical Corpsman during action against Japanese forces on Okinawa, Shima in the Ryukyu Chain. On June 8, 1945, he saw a wounded marine lying in an open field beyond the front lines following an assault against a strategic Japanese hill position. As he unhesitatingly crawled toward the casualty he was wounded by hostile machine guns. He disregarded the mounting Japanese fire and his own pain to pull the wounded man toward a covered position. Struck by enemy fire a second time before he reached cover, he exerted tremendous effort and succeeded in pulling his comrade to safety. Too seriously wounded to administer aid, he instructed two of his squad in proper medical treatment of the rescued marine. Realizing that his own wounds were fatal, he refused medical attention and expertly directed his men in the treatment of two other wounded marines, succumbing shortly thereafter. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor which was accredited to the state of Illinois.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 27 Dec 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8211045
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Fred Faulkner Lester (29 Apr 1926–8 Jun 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8211045, citing Clarendon Hills Cemetery, Darien, DuPage County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .