Bellrichard, Leslie A., PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11B10-Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1967, 11B10, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment/C Company
Service Years
1966 - 1967

Private First Class


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Home State
Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Year of Birth
1942
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Janesville, WI
Last Address
San Jose, CA

Casualty Date
May 20, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Location
Vietnam, South
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Oak Hill Cemetery - Janesville, Wisconsin
Wall/Plot Coordinates
20E, 054

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 Military Association Memberships
Medal of HonorLegion Of ValorVietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1967, Medal of Honor [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1967, Legion Of Valor [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

Rifle

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1966, Basic Training (Camp Roberts, CA)
 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment/C Company
  1967-1967, 11B10, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment/C Company
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1955-1973 Vietnam War
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

   
Comments/Citation
Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Acting as a fire team leader with Company C, during combat operations Pfc. Bellrichard was with 4 fellow soldiers in a foxhole on their unit's perimeter when the position came under a massive enemy attack. Following a 30-minute mortar barrage, the enemy launched a strong ground assault. Pfc. Bellrichard rose in face of a group of charging enemy soldiers and threw hand grenades into their midst, eliminating several of the foe and forcing the remainder to withdraw. Failing in their initial attack, the enemy repeated the mortar and rocket bombardment of the friendly perimeter, then once again charged against the defenders in a concerted effort to overrun the position. Pfc. Bellrichard resumed throwing hand grenades at the onrushing attackers. As he was about to hurl a grenade, a mortar round exploded just in front of his position, knocking him into the foxhole and causing him to lose his grip on the already armed grenade. Recovering instantly, Pfc. Bellrichard recognized the threat to the lives of his 4 comrades and threw himself upon the grenade, shielding his companions from the blast that followed. Although severely wounded, Pfc. Bellrichard struggled into an upright position in the foxhole and fired his rifle at the enemy until he succumbed to his wounds. His selfless heroism contributed greatly to the successful defense of the position, and he was directly responsible for saving the lives of several of his comrades. His acts are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the U.S. Army.
   
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