PETER S CONNOR
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HONORED ON PANEL 5E, LINE 129 OF THE WALL

PETER SPENCER CONNOR

WALL NAME

PETER S CONNOR

PANEL / LINE

5E/129

DATE OF BIRTH

09/04/1932

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NGAI

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/08/1966

HOME OF RECORD

EAST ORANGE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Essex County

STATE

NJ

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

SSGT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR PETER SPENCER CONNOR
POSTED ON 8.2.2018
POSTED BY: ALLAN JAMES THOMPSON, CAPTAIN, USMC

Remembrance of words of wisdom

Peter, I can remember us sitting on a hillside at Quantico, Va SDT. I was a brand new 2nd Lt and I remember the wisdom you imparted to me that night which I used throughout my career as a marine. I am taking an Honor flight to DC on 9/22/18. I will see you at the wall.
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POSTED ON 3.8.2018
POSTED BY: A US Marine, Vietnam

Medal of Honor

Peter Spencer Connor
DATE OF BIRTH: September 4, 1932
PLACE OF BIRTH:
Orange, New Jersey
HOME OF RECORD:
South Orange, New Jersey

Medal of Honor
AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
DURING Vietnam War
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Battalion: 2d Battalion
Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.) FMF
GENERAL ORDERS:
CITATION:
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Staff Sergeant Peter Spencer Connor (MCSN: 1280832), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 25 February 1966, while serving with the Company F, Second Battalion, Third Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in action against enemy Viet Cong forces in Quang Ngai Province, Republic of Vietnam. Leading his platoon on a search and destroy operation in an area made particularly hazardous by extensive cave and tunnel complexes, Staff Sergeant Connor maneuvered his unit aggressively forward under intermittent enemy small-arms fire. Exhibiting particular alertness and keen observation, he spotted an enemy spider hole emplacement approximately 15 meters to his front. He pulled the pin from a fragmentation grenade intending to charge the hole boldly and drop the missile into its depths. Upon pulling the pin he realized that the firing mechanism was faulty, and that even as he held the safety device firmly in place, the fuse charge was already activated. With only precious seconds to decide, he further realized that he could not cover the distance to the small opening of the spider hole in sufficient time, and that to hurl the deadly bomb in any direction would result in death or injury to some of his comrades tactically deployed near him. Manifesting extraordinary gallantry and with utter disregard for his personal safety, he chose to hold the grenade against his body in order to absorb the terrific explosion and spare his comrades. His act of extreme valor and selflessness in the face of virtually certain death, although leaving him mortally wounded, spared many of his fellow Marines from death or injury. His gallant action in giving his life in the cause of freedom reflects the highest credit upon the Marine Corps and the Armed Forces of the United States.
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POSTED ON 1.10.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

THANK YOU

Dear SSGT Peter Connor,
Thank you for your service as an Infantry Unit Leader, and for earning the Medal of Honor. It is 2018, Happy New Year. It is so important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 9.4.2016
POSTED BY: Mike Casey

Happy Birthday and Thank you

S/Sgt. Connor,
On today on what would've been your 84th Birthday I would just like to say Happy Birthday and thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just in Vietnam but also when you served in Korea as well.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
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POSTED ON 4.30.2016
POSTED BY: Bob Ahles, Vietnam Vet, St. Cloud, MN

Peace with Honor

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 Peter.
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