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Lawrence David Peters

Birthdate: (20)
Birthplace: Johnson, New York, USA
Death: September 4, 1967 (20) (KIA)
Place of Burial: Binghamton, Broome, New York, USA
Managed by: Shirley Marie Caulk
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About Lawrence David Peters

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Sergeant Lawrence David Peters (MCSN: 2004158), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 4 September 1967, while serving as a squad leader with Company M, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in action against armed enemy forces in Quang Tin Province, Republic of Vietnam. During Operation SWIFT, the Marines of the Second Platoon of Company M were struck by intense mortar, machinegun, and small arms fire from an entrenched enemy force. As the company rallied its forces, Sergeant Peters maneuvered his squad in an assault on any enemy defended knoll. Disregarding his safety, as enemy rounds hit all about him, he stood in the open, pointing out enemy positions until he was painfully wounded in the leg. Disregarding his wound, he moved forward and continued to lead his men. As the enemy fire increased in accuracy and volume, his squad lost its momentum and was temporarily pinned down. Exposing himself to devastating enemy fire, he consolidated his position to render more effective fire. While directing the base of fire, he was wounded a second time in the face and neck from an exploding mortar round. As the enemy attempted to infiltrate the position of an adjacent platoon, Sergeant Peters stood erect in the full view of the enemy firing burst after burst forcing them to disclose their camouflaged positions. Sergeant Peters steadfastly continued to direct his squad in spite of two additional wounds, persisted in his efforts to encourage and supervise his men until he lost consciousness and succumbed. Inspired by his selfless actions, the squad regained fire superiority and once again carried the assault to the enemy. By his outstanding valor, indomitable fighting spirit and tenacious determination in the face of overwhelming odds, Sergeant Peters upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Action Date: 4-Sep-67

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Sergeant

Company: Company M

Battalion: 3d Battalion

Regiment: 5th Marines

Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.) FMF

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Lawrence David Peters's Timeline

September 16, 1946
Johnson, New York, USA
September 4, 1967
Age 20
Binghamton, Broome, New York, USA