The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*PETERS, LAWRENCE DAVID
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S.
Marine Corps, Company M, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. Place and
Date: Quang Tin Province, Republic of Vietnam, 4 September 1967. Entered service
at: Binghamton, N.Y. Born: 16 September 1946, Johnson City, N.Y.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the
call of duty while serving as a squad leader with Company M. During Operation SWIFT, the
marines of the 2d Platoon of Company M were struck by intense mortar, machinegun, and
small arms fire from an entrenched enemy force. As the company rallied its forces, Sgt.
Peters maneuvered his squad in an assault on any enemy defended knoll. Disregarding his
safety, as enemy rounds hit all about him, he stood in the open, pointing out enemy
positions until he was painfully wounded in the leg. Disregarding his wound, he moved
forward and continued to lead his men. As the enemy fire increased in accuracy and volume,
his squad lost its momentum and was temporarily pinned down. Exposing himself to
devastating enemy fire, he consolidated his position to render more effective fire. While
directing the base of fire, he was wounded a second time in the face and neck from an
exploding mortar round. As the enemy attempted to infiltrate the position of an adjacent
platoon, Sgt. Peters stood erect in the full view of the enemy firing burst after burst
forcing them to disclose their camouflaged positions. Sgt. Peters steadfastly continued to
direct his squad in spite of 2 additional wounds, persisted in his efforts to encourage
and supervise his men until he lost consciousness and succumbed. Inspired by his selfless
actions, the squad regained fire superiority and once again carried the assault to the
enemy. By his outstanding valor, indomitable fighting spirit and tenacious determination
in the face of overwhelming odds, Sgt. Peters upheld the highest traditions of the Marine
Corps and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.