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LESLIE ALLEN BELLRICHARD


is honored on Panel 20E, Line 54 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 12/4/17 - by Dennis Wriston
    Private First Class Leslie Allen Bellrichard, Served with Company C, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division.
  • Medal of Honor

    Posted on 5/20/17 - by A Grateful Vietnam Veteran
    Leslie Allen Bellrichard
    Date of birth: December 4, 1941
    Date of death: May 20, 1967
    Burial location: Janesville, Wisconsin
    Place of Birth: Wisconsin, Janesville
    Home of record: Oakland California
    Status: KIA

    AWARDS AND CITATIONS

    Medal of Honor

    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    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 Leslie Allen Bellrichard (ASN: 56824493), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, in action against enemy aggressor forces at Pleiku Province, Republic of Vietnam, on 20 May 1967. Acting as a fire team leader with Company C, during combat operations Private First Class Bellrichard was with four 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. Private First Class 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. Private First Class 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, Private First Class Bellrichard recognized the threat to the lives of his four comrades and threw himself upon the grenade, shielding his companions from the blast that followed. Although severely wounded, Private First Class 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 United States Army.

    General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 53 (August 8, 1969)

    Action Date: 20-May-67

    Service: Army

    Rank: Private First Class

    Company: Company C

    Battalion: 1st Battalion

    Regiment: 8th Infantry Regiment

    Division: 4th Infantry Division
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  • Remembered

    Posted on 1/30/17 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    DEAR PFC BELLRICHARD,
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A GRUNT. IT IS 2017, WHICH MAKES IT FAR TOO LONG FOR YOU TO HAVE BEEN GONE. WE APPRECIATE ALL YOU HAVE DONE, AND YOUR SACRIFICE. WATCH OVER THE U.S.A., IT STILL NEEDS YOUR COURAGE.. GOD BLESS YOU. MAY THE SAINTS AND ANGELS BE AT YOUR SIDE. REST IN PEACE.
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  • Peace with Honor

    Posted on 3/21/16 - by Bob Ahles, Vietnam Vet, St. Cloud, MN
    You were one of the brave that answered the call. You honored us by your service and sacrifice. We now honor you each time we stand and sing the words “THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE”. Rest in Peace and Honor Leslie.
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 5/20/15 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear PFC Leslie Allen Bellrichard, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, Sir

    Curt Carter
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The Wall of Faces

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