Lt. David C. Waybur, Medal of Honor

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David Crowder Waybur

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Oakland, California, USA
Death: Died
Cause of death: KIA
Place of Burial: Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial, St. Avoid, Lorraine Region, France
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert R. Waybur and Anne E. Waybur
Brother of <private> Waybur and <private> Waybur

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About Lt. David C. Waybur, Medal of Honor

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to First Lieutenant (Infantry) David Crowder Waybur, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty on 17 July 1943, while serving with 3d Reconnaissance Troop, 3d Infantry Division, in action involving actual conflict with the enemy at Agrigento, Sicily. Commander of a reconnaissance platoon, First Lieutenant Waybur volunteered to lead a three-vehicle patrol into enemy-held territory to locate an isolated Ranger unit. Proceeding under cover of darkness, over roads known to be heavily mined, and strongly defended by road blocks and machinegun positions, the patrol's progress was halted at a bridge which had been destroyed by enemy troops and was suddenly cut off from its supporting vehicles by four enemy tanks. Although hopelessly outnumbered and out-gunned, and himself and his men completely exposed, he quickly dispersed his vehicles and ordered his gunners to open fire with their .30 and .50 caliber machineguns.

Then, with ammunition exhausted, three of his men hit and himself seriously wounded, he seized his .45 caliber Thompson submachine gun and standing in the bright moonlight directly in the line of fire, alone engaged the leading tank at 30 yards and succeeded in killing the crewmembers, causing the tank to run onto the bridge and crash into the stream bed. After dispatching one of the men for aid he rallied the rest to cover and withstood the continued fire of the tanks till the arrival of aid the following morning.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 69, October 21, 1943

Action Date: 17-Jul-43

Service: Army

Rank: First Lieutenant

Company: 3d Reconnaissance Troop

Division: 3d Infantry Division

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Lt. David C. Waybur, Medal of Honor's Timeline

1920
1920
Oakland, California, USA
1945
March 28, 1945
Age 25
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St. Avoid, Lorraine Region, France