Moulton, Lester Neal, 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1969-1970, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Service Years
1969 - 1970


First Lieutenant

One Overseas Service Bar

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Victor, ID
Last Address
Victor, ID

Casualty Date
May 25, 1970
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Binh Dinh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Victor Cemetery - Victor, Idaho
Wall/Plot Coordinates
10W 099

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry (Airborne)173rd Airborne Brigade
  1969-1970, B Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry (Airborne)
  1969-1970, 173rd Airborne Brigade
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
  1969-1970 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (1970)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Lester Neal Moulton spent his early life on a farm in Idaho. He enjoyed sports, baseball, basketball, golf, and hunting. He served a LDS mission to Switzerland. After returning home, he married Marcia Rae Lutz in the Salt Lake Temple. He graduated from BYU in 1968 with a BS in Zoology and reported to Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning Georgia on January 25, 1969.

On May 25, 1970 Moulton was serving as a company commander during a combat assault in the Crescent Mountains in Vietnam. One of the fire teams made contact with an enemy force of unknown size. 2LT. Moulton immediately called for reinforcements, air strikes and gunships to soften the enemy for attack. He then courageously led the company in a combat assault into the region. They received intense small-arms and machine-gun fire and quite a few men were wounded. After assessing the situation, he ordered the right flank to maneuver to the enemy's flank and overrun their position. Throughout the battle, he moved without regard to his own personal safety, always thinking of his men. When he saw that many of them were endangering their own lives in trying to help those that had been wounded, he ordered them to remain in place. He then personally moved under fire to one of the wounded and hauled him to safety. He went back to help another soldier and was mortally wounded. For his heroic and courageous actions, he was awarded the Silver Star.

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