Rabel, Laszlo, SSG

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
11F10-Infantry Operations And Intelligence Specialist
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 173rd Airborne Brigade/74th Infantry Detachment (LRS)
Service Years
1965 - 1968

Staff Sergeant

One Service Stripe

Three Overseas Service Bars

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Budapest, Hungary
Last Address
Minneapolis, MN

Casualty Date
Nov 13, 1968
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Other Explosive Device
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
39W - Line 62 / Sect 52 Grave 1326

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord 75th Ranger Regiment

 Unofficial Badges 

Ranger Hall Of Fame

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2014, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Photo Album   (More...

 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

Master Parachutist
Vietnam - Jump Wings

 Unit Assignments
101st Airborne Division 4th Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)US Army173rd Airborne Brigade
  1966-1966, 101st Airborne Division
  1966-1967, HHC, 4th Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
  1967-1967, 5th Special Forces Group Recondo Course
  1967-1968, 173rd Airborne Brigade
  1968-1968, 173rd Airborne Brigade/74th Infantry Detachment (LRS)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Army Medal of Honor

Medal of Honor

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. S/Sgt. Rabel distinguished himself while serving as leader of Team Delta, 74th Infantry Detachment. At 1000 hours on this date, Team Delta was in a defensive perimeter conducting reconnaissance of enemy trail networks when a member of the team detected enemy movement to the front. As S/Sgt. Rabel and a comrade prepared to clear the area, he heard an incoming grenade as it landed in the midst of the team's perimeter. With complete disregard for his life, S/Sgt. Rabel threw himself on the grenade and, covering it with his body, received the complete impact of the immediate explosion. Through his indomitable courage, complete disregard for his safety and profound concern for his fellow soldiers, S/Sgt. Rabel averted the loss of life and injury to the other members of Team Delta. By his gallantry at the cost of his life in the highest traditions of the military service, S/Sgt. Rabel has reflected great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.

Staff Sergeant Laszlo Rabel, 74th Infantry Detachment (LRP) was the only LRP member to be awarded the medal of honor during the Vietnam war.

Ranger Hall of Fame

Staff Sergeant Laszlo Rabel is inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame for conspicuous gallantry and indomitable courage as a Ranger leader. On November 13, 1968, Sergeant Rabel was leader of Team Delta, 74th Infantry Detachment Long Range Patrol. While in a patrol base on hill 819 in the Binh Dinh Province, Republic of South Vietnam, Sergeant Rabel's Team was suddenly compromised. While preparing for a counterreconnaissance mission, a hand grenade was thrown into the perimeter. In a final act of courage, and without hesitation, Sergeant Rabel threw himself on the grenade, absorbing the full blast, thus saving his team from death or injury. Sergeant Rabel's gallant actions and disregard for his own safety earned him the Medal of Honor, posthumously. Sergeant Rabel paid the ultimate sacrifice to his nation and clearly illustrates that no matter how severe the consequences a Ranger never fails his comrades.


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