About Sgt. Reidar Waaler, 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 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
Company: Company A, 105th Machine Gun Battalion
Division: 27th Division
Sources and links
- Norwegian Census, 1910 (living in Oslo)
- Christening record, familysearch.org
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.