The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
WEST, CHESTER H.
Rank and Organization: First Sergeant, U.S.
Army, Company D, 363d Infantry, 91st Division. Place and Date: Near Bois-de-Cheppy,
France, 26 September 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.