Recipient Detail



Rank: Specialist Fourth Class
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: 2d Battalion
Division: 502d Infantry, 101st Airborne Division
Born: 18 January 1947, Moose Lake, Minn.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Minneapolis, Minn.
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Place / Date: Quang Ngai, Province, Republic of Vietnam, 18 May 1967


For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sp4c. Wayrynen distinguished himself with Company B, during combat operations near Duc Pho. His platoon was assisting in the night evacuation of the wounded from an earlier enemy contact when the lead man of the unit met face to face with a Viet Cong soldier. The American's shouted warning also alerted the enemy who immediately swept the area with automatic weapons fire from a strongly built bunker close to the trail and threw hand grenades from another nearby fortified position. Almost immediately, the lead man was wounded and knocked from his feet. Sp4c. Wayrynen, the second man in the formation, leaped beyond his fallen comrade to kill another enemy.