Medal of Honor

 

 

WAYRYNEN, DALE EUGENE*

 

Rank and organization: Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army, Company B, 2d Battalion, 502d Infantry, 1st Brigade,101st Airborne Division.

 

Place and date: Quang Ngai, Province, Republic of Vietnam, 18 May 1967.

 

Entered service at: Minneapolis, Minn.

 

Born: 18 January 1947, Moose Lake, Minn.

 

Citation:

 

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sp4c. Wayrynen distinguished himself with Company B, during combat operations near Duc Pho. His platoon was assisting in the night evacuation of the wounded from an earlier enemy contact when the lead man of the unit met face to face with a Viet Cong soldier. The American's shouted warning also alerted the enemy who immediately swept the area with automatic weapons fire from a strongly built bunker close to the trail and threw hand grenades from another nearby fortified position. Almost immediately, the lead man was wounded and knocked from his feet. Sp4c. Wayrynen, the second man in the formation, leaped beyond his fallen comrade to kill another enemy soldier who appeared on the trail, and he dragged his injured companion back to where the point squad had taken cover. Suddenly, a live enemy grenade landed in the center of the tightly grouped men. Sp4c. Wayrynen, quickly assessing the danger to the entire squad as well as to his platoon leader who was nearby, shouted a warning, pushed one soldier out of the way, and threw himself on the grenade at the moment it exploded. He was mortally wounded. His deep and abiding concern for his fellow soldiers was significantly reflected in his supreme and courageous act that preserved the lives of his comrades. Sp4c. Wayrynen's heroic actions are in keeping with the highest traditions of the service, and they reflect great credit upon himself and the U.S. Army.


 

 

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Last name: WAYRYNEN

First name: DALE EUGENE

Home of Record (official): MC GREGOR

State (official): MN

Date of Birth: Saturday, January 18, 1947

Sex: Male

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Single

 

--- Military ---

 

Branch: Army

Rank: SP4

Serial Number: 17721421

Component: Regular

Pay grade: E4

MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 11B20

 

--- Action ---

 

Start of Tour: Wednesday, March 22, 1967

Date of Casualty: Friday, May 19, 1967

Age at time of loss: 20

Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died

Reason: Multiple fragmentation wounds (Ground casualty)

Country: South VietNam

Province: Quang Ngai

The Wall: Panel 20E - Row 052

 


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