Medal of Honor





Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company C, 2d Battalion, (Mechanized), 22d Infantry, 25th Infantry Division.


Place and date: Tay Ninh Province, Republic of Vietnam, 14 January 1969.


Entered service at: New York, N.Y.


Born: 16 November 1946, Brooklyn, N.Y.




For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. 1st Lt. Warren, distinguished himself at the cost of his life while serving as a platoon leader with Company C. While moving through a rubber plantation to reinforce another friendly unit, Company C came under intense fire from a well-fortified enemy force. Disregarding his safety, 1st Lt. Warren with several of his men began maneuvering through the hail of enemy fire toward the hostile positions. When he had come to within 6 feet of one of the enemy bunkers and was preparing to toss a hand grenade into it, an enemy grenade was suddenly thrown into the middle of his small group. Thinking only of his men, 1st Lt. Warren fell in the direction of the grenade, thus shielding those around him from the blast. His action, performed at the cost of his life, saved 3 men from serious or mortal injury. First Lt. Warren's ultimate action of sacrifice to save the lives of his men was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army.



--- General / Personal ---

Last name: WARREN

First name: JOHN EARL JR

Home of Record (official): NEW YORK

State (official): NY

Date of Birth: Saturday, November 16, 1946

Sex: Male

Race: Negro

Marital Status: Single


--- Military ---

Branch: Army

Rank: 1LT

Serial Number: O5347373

Component: Reserve

Pay grade: O2

MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 1542


--- Action ---

Start of Tour: Saturday, September 7, 1968

Date of Casualty: Tuesday, January 14, 1969

Age at time of loss: 22

Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died

Reason: Gun, small arms fire (Ground casualty)

Country: South VietNam

Province: Tay Ninh

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