Medal of Honor





Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company C, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division


Place and date: Binh Duong Province, Republic of Vietnam, 27 May 1967


Entered service at: Cincinnati, Ohio


Born: 28 August 1947, Petersburg, Kentucky




For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Fleek distinguished himself while serving as a squad leader in Company C, during an ambush operation. Sgt. Fleek's unit was deployed in ambush locations when a large enemy force approached the position. Suddenly, the leading enemy element, sensing the ambush, halted and started to withdraw. Reacting instantly, Sgt. Fleek opened fire and directed the effective fire of his men upon the numerically superior enemy force. During the fierce battle that followed, an enemy soldier threw a grenade into the squad position. Realizing that his men had not seen the grenade, Sgt. Fleek, although in a position to seek cover, shouted a warning to his comrades and threw himself onto the grenade, absorbing its blast. His gallant action undoubtedly saved the lives or prevented the injury of at least 8 of his fellow soldiers. Sgt. Fleek's gallantry and willing self-sacrifice were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.


--- General / Personal ---

Last name: FLEEK


Home of Record (official): PETERSBURG

State (official): KY

Date of Birth: Thursday, August 28, 1947

Sex: Male

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Single


--- Military ---

Branch: Army

Rank: SGT

Serial Number: 51801631

Component: Selective Service

Pay grade: E5

MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 11B40


--- Action ---

Start of Tour: Tuesday, July 23, 1968

Date of Casualty: Tuesday, May 27, 1969

Age at time of loss: 21

Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died

Reason: Multiple fragmentation wounds (Ground casualty)

Country: South VietNam

Province: Binh Duong

The Wall: Panel 24W - Row 116


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