Medal of Honor





Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy, River Squadron 5, My Tho Detachment


Place and date: Mekong River, Republic of Vietnam, 6 March 1967


Entered service at: Boston, Massachusetts


Born: 13 June, 1944, Newton, Massachusetts




For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. As the forward machine gunner on River Patrol Boat (PBR) 124, which was on patrol during the early evening hours, Seaman Ouellet observed suspicious activity near the river bank, alerted his boat captain, and recommended movement of the boat to the area to investigate. While the PBR was making a high-speed run along the river bank, Seaman Ouellet spotted an incoming enemy grenade falling toward the boat. He immediately left the protected position of his gun mount and ran aft for the full length of the speeding boat, shouting to his fellow crew members to take cover. Observing the boat captain standing unprotected on the boat, Seaman Ouellet bounded on to the engine compartment cover, and pushed the boat captain down to safety. In the split second that followed the grenade's landing, and in the face of certain death, Seaman Ouellet fearlessly placed himself between the deadly missile and his shipmates, courageously absorbing most of the blast fragments with his body in order to protect his shipmates from injury and death. His extraordinary heroism and his selfless and courageous actions on behalf of his comrades at the expense of his life were in the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.



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Last name: OUELLET

First name: DAVID GEORGE

Home of Record (official): WELLESLEY

State (official): MA

Date of Birth: Tuesday, June 13, 1944

Sex: Male

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Single


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Branch: Navy

Rank: SN

Serial Number: 9130691

Component: Regular

Pay grade: E3

MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): SN


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Start of Tour: Unknown/Not reported

Date of Casualty: Monday, March 6, 1967

Age at time of loss: 22

Casualty type: (A2) Hostile, died of wounds

Reason: Other explosive device (Ground casualty)

Country: South VietNam

Province: Go Cong

The Wall: Panel 16E - Row 030


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