The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*WILLETT, LOUIS E.
Rank and organization: Private First
Class, U.S. Army, Company C, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division. Place
and Date: Kontum Province, Republic of Vietnam, 15 February 1967. Entered service
at: Brooklyn, N.Y. Born: 19 June 1945, Brooklyn, N.Y.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the
call of duty. Pfc. Willett distinguished himself while serving as a rifleman in Company C,
during combat operations. His squad was conducting a security sweep when it made contact
with a large enemy force. The squad was immediately engaged with a heavy volume of
automatic weapons fire and pinned to the ground. Despite the deadly fusillade, Pfc.
Willett rose to his feet firing rapid bursts from his weapon and moved to a position from
which he placed highly effective fire on the enemy. His action allowed the remainder of
his squad to begin to withdraw from the superior enemy force toward the company perimeter.
Pfc. Willett covered the squad's withdrawal, but his position drew heavy enemy machinegun
fire, and he received multiple wounds enabling the enemy again to pin down the remainder
of the squad. Pfc. Willett struggled to an upright position, and, disregarding his painful
wounds, he again engaged the enemy with his rifle to allow his squad to continue its
movement and to evacuate several of his comrades who were by now wounded. Moving from
position to position, he engaged the enemy at close range until he was mortally wounded.
By his unselfish acts of bravery, Pfc. Willett insured the withdrawal of his comrades to
the company position, saving their lives at the cost of his life. Pfc. Willett's valorous
actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Army and reflect great
credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.