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CMOHS.org - First Sergeant WEST, CHESTER H., U.S. Army

Recipient Detail

 

WEST, CHESTER H.

Rank: First Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company D
Division: 363d Infantry, 91st Division
Born: Fort Collins, Colo.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Los Banos, Calif.
G.O. Number: 34
Date of Issue: 12/31/1919
Accredited To:
Place / Date: Near Bois-de-Cheppy, France, 26 September 1918
 
 


WEST, CHESTER H. Photo
 
Citation

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.