WEST, CHESTER H. - Medal of Honor Recipient


Rank and organization: First Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company D, 363d Infantry, 91st Division.

Place and date: Near Bois-de-Cheppy, France, 26 September 1918.

Entered service at: Los Banos, Calif.

Birth: Fort Collins, Colo. G.O. No.: 34, W.D., 1919.

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.

This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)