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CMOHS.org - Staff Sergeant RABEL, LASZLO, U.S. Army

Recipient Detail

 

RABEL, LASZLO

Rank: Staff Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: 74th Infantry Detachment
Division: 173d Airborne Brigade
Born: 21 September 1939, Budapest, Hungary
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Minneapolis, Minn.
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Place / Date: Binh Dinh Province, Republic of Vietnam, 13 November 1968
 
 


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Citation

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. S/Sgt. Rabel distinguished himself while serving as leader of Team Delta, 74th Infantry Detachment. At 1000 hours on this date, Team Delta was in a defensive perimeter conducting reconnaissance of enemy trail networks when a member of the team detected enemy movement to the front. As S/Sgt. Rabel and a comrade prepared to clear the area, he heard an incoming grenade as it landed in the midst of the team's perimeter. With complete disregard for his life, S/Sgt. Rabel threw himself on the grenade and, covering it with his body, received the complete impact of the immediate explosion. Through his indomitable courage, complete disregard for his safety and profound concern for his fellow soldiers, S/Sgt. Rabel averted the loss of life and injury to the other members of Team Delta. By his gallantry at the cost of his life in the highest traditions of the military service, S/Sgt. Rabel has reflected great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.