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Chester H. West
Born (1888-01-03)January 3, 1888
Died May 20, 1935(1935-05-20) (aged 47)
Place of birth Fort Collins, Colorado
Place of burial Forest Hills Memorial Park and Mausoleum Palm City, Florida
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Rank First Sergeant
Unit Company D, 363d Infantry, 91st Division
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Medal of Honor

Chester Howard West (January 3, 1888–May 20, 1935) was a soldier in the United States Army who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during World War I.


West was born in Fort Collins, Colorado on January 3, 1888 and died May 20, 1935. He is buried in Van Cycle Southside, West Virginia.

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: First Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company D, 363d Infantry, 91st Division. Place and date: Near Bois-de-Cheppy, France, September 26, 1918. Entered service at: Los Banos, Calif. Birth: Fort Collins, Colo. G.O. No.: 34, W.D., 1919.


While making his way through a thick fog with his automatic rifle section, his advance was halted by direct and unusual machinegun fire from 2 guns. Without aid, he at once dashed through the fire and, attacking the nest, killed 2 of the gunners, 1 of whom was an officer. This prompt and decisive hand-to-hand encounter on his part enabled his company to advance farther without the loss of a man.[1]

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PD-icon.svg This article incorporates  from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
  1. "WEST, CHESTER H.". Army of Medal of Honor website. 2009-08-03. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 

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