Reidar Waaler (1894 - 1979)

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Place of Burial: West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Florida, United States
Birthplace: Oslo, Oslo, Norway
Death: Died in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Florida, United States
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About Reidar Waaler

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Sergeant Reidar Waaler (ASN: 1209189), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 27 September 1918, while serving with Company A, 105th Machine Gun Battalion, 27th Division, in action at Ronssoy, France. In the face of heavy artillery and machinegun fire, Sergeant Waaler crawled forward to a burning British tank, in which some of the crew were imprisoned, and succeeded in rescuing two men. Although the tank was then burning fiercely and contained ammunition which was likely to explode at any time, this soldier immediately returned to the tank and, entering it, made a search for the other occupants, remaining until he satisfied himself that there were no more living men in the tank.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 5 (1920)

Action Date: 27-Sep-18

Service: Army

Rank: Sergeant

Company: Company A, 105th Machine Gun Battalion

Division: 27th Division

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In the 1910 census, he is a lodger, with his "habitual living place" listed as "Digerud".

In the same census, his father, Hans Chrystle Waaler is the keeper of the lighthouse at Digerud Fyr, Drøbak.

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Sgt. Reidar Waaler, Medal of Honor's Timeline

February 12, 1894
Oslo, Oslo, Norway
February 5, 1979
Age 84
West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Florida, United States
Palm City, Martin, FL, USA