Armstrong, Levi Lester, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 11B10, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
Service Years
1969 - 1969

Private First Class

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Cottage Grove, OR
Last Address
Cottage Grove, OR

Casualty Date
Aug 10, 1969
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Quang Tin (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Lane Memorial Gardens - Eugene, Oregon
Wall/Plot Coordinates
20W 121

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2014, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry 196th Infantry Brigade (Light) 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
  1969-1969, 11B10, A Company, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry
  1969-1969, 11B10, 196th Infantry Brigade (Light)
  1969-1969, 11B10, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Casualty Occurrence:  Booby-Trap 10km East of Hill 932


The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant Lester Armstrong (ASN: RA-55646856), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company C, 3d Battalion, 21st Infantry, 196th Light Infantry Brigade. Sergeant Armstrong distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 4 November 1966 while serving as squad leader of a unit during a search and destroy mission near Tay Ninh. While moving forward to augment the fire of another American unit, his platoon became pinned down by the fire of a Viet Cong machine gun emplacement. As the platoon maneuvered, six insurgents flanked them and stopped their assault. At this time, with complete disregard for his personal safety, Sergeant Armstrong grabbed a machine gun and charged directly into the intense hostile fire. Although wounded, he increased his fire and killed the six protecting the bunker. He then attacked the machine gun bunker, killing three insurgents. Through his courage, his unit advanced without further casualties. Sergeant Armstrong's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army. Headquarters, U.S. Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 6880 (December 16, 1966)


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