Liebespeck, James Warren, SSG

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Engineer Corps
Last Primary MOS
12B40-Combat Engineer Platoon Sergeant
Last MOS Group
Engineer Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 12B40, C Company, 588th Engineer Battalion
Service Years
1956 - 1968

Staff Sergeant

Four Service Stripes

Five Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
La Puente
Last Address
4323 West 138th Street, Hawthorne, CA

Casualty Date
May 21, 1968
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Tay Ninh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Holy Cross Cemetery - Culver City, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
64E 016

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1982, Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2010, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
588th Engineer Battalion20th Engineer Brigade
  1967-1968, 12B40, C Company, 588th Engineer Battalion
  1967-1968, 12B40, 20th Engineer Brigade
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Served a tour in Germany.

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Staff Sergeant James Warren Liebespeck (ASN: RA-27551259), 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 588th Engineer Battalion (Combat). Staff Sergeant Liebespeck distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on a minesweeping operation near Dau Tieng, Republic of Vietnam, on 21 May 1968. Sergeant Liebespeck was serving as a squad leader in a Combat Engineer company and was sweeping a heavily traveled main supply route to allow resupply convoys to move through. In the process of the mine sweep Sergeant Liebespeck found a large piece of metal. He checked for booby traps and then raised the medal, exposing and activating a grenade. Sergeant Liebespeck, hearing a warning from a fellow squad member, dropped the piece of metal. Approximately four steps away and nearing safety, Sergeant Liebespeck, recognizing the danger to his men, turned and ran back to the grenade. As he reached to pick it up the grenade exploded. Through his indomitable courage, complete disregard for his own safety, and profound concern for his fellow soldiers, he averted possible loss of life and injury to the members of his squad. Sergeant Liebespeck's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Department of the Army, General Orders No. 80 (December 16, 1968)

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