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Louis Edward Willett

Birthdate: (21)
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, Kings County, New York, United States
Death: February 15, 1967 (21)
Kon Tum Province, Vietnam (KIA)
Place of Burial: Middle Village, Queens, New York, USA
Managed by: Shirley Marie Caulk
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About Louis Edward Willett

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Private First Class Louis Edward Willett (ASN: 51580250), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a rifleman with Company C, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, in action against enemy aggressor forces at Kontum Province, Republic of Vietnam, on 15 February 1967. Private First Class Willett's squad was conducting a security sweep when it made contact with a large enemy force. The squad was immediately engaged with a heavy volume of automatic weapons fire and pinned to the ground. Despite the deadly fusillade, Private First Class Willett rose to his feet firing rapid bursts from his weapon and moved to a position from which he placed highly effective fire on the enemy. His action allowed the remainder of his squad to begin to withdraw from the superior enemy force toward the company perimeter. Private First Class Willett covered the squad's withdrawal, but his position drew heavy enemy machinegun fire, and he received multiple wounds enabling the enemy again to pin down the remainder of the squad. Private First Class Willett struggled to an upright position, and, disregarding his painful wounds, he again engaged the enemy with his rifle to allow his squad to continue its movement and to evacuate several of his comrades who were by now wounded. Moving from position to position, he engaged the enemy at close range until he was mortally wounded. By his unselfish acts of bravery, Private First Class Willett insured the withdrawal of his comrades to the company position, saving their lives at the cost of his life. Private First Class Willett's valorous actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 52 (September 30, 1968)

Action Date: 15-Feb-67

Service: Army

Rank: Private First Class

Company: Company C

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 12th Infantry Regiment

Division: 4th Infantry Division

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Louis Edward Willett's Timeline

June 19, 1945
New York, Kings County, New York, United States
February 15, 1967
Age 21
Kon Tum Province, Vietnam
Middle Village, Queens, New York, USA