|Chester H. West|
|Born||January 3, 1888|
|Died||May 20, 1935(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|
|Unit||Company D, 363d Infantry, 91st Division|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
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.
- This article incorporates from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
- ↑ "WEST, CHESTER H.". Army of Medal of Honor website. 2009-08-03. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/worldwari.html. Retrieved 2009-08-17.
- "Chester H. West". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=7190335. Retrieved 2009-08-17.
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