Leslie Allen Bellrichard

Leslie Allen Bellrichard

Infobox Military Person
name=Leslie Allen Bellrichard
born= birth date|1941|12|4
died= Death date and age|1967|5|20|1941|12|4
placeofbirth=Janesville, Wisconsin
placeofdeath=Kontum Province, Republic of Vietnam
placeofburial=


caption=Medal of Honor recipient
nickname=
allegiance=flagicon|United States United States of America
branch=
serviceyears=
rank=Private First Class
commands=
unit= C Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division
battles=Vietnam War Nine Days in May Battle
awards=Medal of Honor Purple Heart
relations=
laterwork=

Leslie Allen Bellrichard (December 4 1941 – May 20 1967) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the Vietnam War.

Biography

Bellrichard joined the Army from Oakland, California, and by May 20 1967 was serving as a private first class in Company C, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. During a firefight on that day, in Kontum Province, Republic of Vietnam, he was preparing to throw a hand grenade when a nearby explosion caused him to drop the activated device. Bellrichard smothered the blast of the grenade with his body, sacrificing himself to protect those around him.

Bellrichard, aged 25 at his death, was buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in his birth city of Janesville, Wisconsin.

In 2004 the City of Janesville renamed the Crosby-Willard Bridge over the Rock River the Bellrichard Bridge. [cite web
url=http://www.madisonwest61.com/bellrichard.htm
title=Leslie Allen Bellrichard
publisher=Madison West High School Class of '61
accessdate=2007-09-14
]

Medal of Honor citation

Private Bellrichard's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

:For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Acting as a fire team leader with Company C, during combat operations Pfc. Bellrichard was with 4 fellow soldiers in a foxhole on their unit's perimeter when the position came under a massive enemy attack. Following a 30-minute mortar barrage, the enemy launched a strong ground assault. Pfc. Bellrichard rose in face of a group of charging enemy soldiers and threw hand grenades into their midst, eliminating several of the foe and forcing the remainder to withdraw. Failing in their initial attack, the enemy repeated the mortar and rocket bombardment of the friendly perimeter, then once again charged against the defenders in a concerted effort to overrun the position. Pfc. Bellrichard resumed throwing hand grenades at the onrushing attackers. As he was about to hurl a grenade, a mortar round exploded just in front of his position, knocking him into the foxhole and causing him to lose his grip on the already armed grenade. Recovering instantly, Pfc. Bellrichard recognized the threat to the lives of his 4 comrades and threw himself upon the grenade, shielding his companions from the blast that followed. Although severely wounded, Pfc. Bellrichard struggled into an upright position in the foxhole and fired his rifle at the enemy until he succumbed to his wounds. His selfless heroism contributed greatly to the successful defense of the position, and he was directly responsible for saving the lives of several of his comrades. His acts are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the U.S. Army.

ee also

*List of Medal of Honor recipients
*List of Medal of Honor recipients for the Vietnam War

Notes

References

*findagrave|6816485 Retrieved on 2007-08-01
*cite web
publisher = U.S. Army Center of Military History
title = Medal of Honor Recipients - Vietnam (A-L)
work = Medal of Honor Citations
date = July 16 2007
url = http://www.army.mil/cmh/html/moh/vietnam-a-l.html
accessdate = 2007-08-01

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