Lester, Fred Faulkner, HA1c

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Last Rank
Hospital Apprentice 1st Class
Last Primary NEC
HA-0000-Hospital Apprentice
Last Rating/NEC Group
Hospital Apprentice
Primary Unit
1944-1945, HA-0000, 22nd Marine Regiment/1st Bn (1/22)
Service Years
1943 - 1945
Hospital Apprentice 1st Class

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Home State
Illinois
Illinois
Year of Birth
1926
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Downers Grove
Last Address
1st Battalion, 22nd Marine Regiment, 6th Marine Division

Casualty Date
Jun 08, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Okinawa
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Clarendon Hills Cemetery - Darien, Illinois
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Duty Stations
Field Medical Service School, Camp Pendleton, CANTS Farragut (Cadre/Faculty Staff) IDUS Marine Corps (USMC)
  1944-1944, HA-0000, Field Medical Service School, Camp Pendleton, CA
  1944-1944, S2c-0000, NTS Farragut (Cadre/Faculty Staff) ID
  1944-1945, HA-0000, 22nd Marine Regiment/1st Bn (1/22)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
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BIOGRAPHY-

Fred Faulkner Lester was born in Downers Grove, Illinois on April 29, 1926. Dedicated to serving his country during the early days of World War II, Fred attempted to enlist at the young age of 16 years in 1942, but was denied. He patiently waited a year and with his parents approval enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserves as Apprentice Seaman at Chicago, Illinois on November 1, 1943.

He received training at the Naval Training Station, Farragut, Idaho, and was promoted to Seaman Second Class in January 1944. On March 3, 1944 his rating was changed to Hospital Apprentice Second Class after additional training at Hospital Corps School, U.S. Naval Hospital, San Diego, California. Later that month he reported to the Fleet Marine Force, Camp Elliott, San Diego, California. Fred served with Marine units until he was killed in action on June 8, 1945, in the battle for Okinawa Shima. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry above and beyond the call of duty.
   
Comments/Citation

On June 8, 1945, a fierce battle for a Japanese hill position caused many casualties among the Marines of Hospital Apprentice First Class Lester’s unit. The 19-year-old corpsmen spotted a wounded Marine lying in an open field beyond the front lines, and immediately left his concealed position to help him. He crawled toward the wounded man despite a continuous and heavy attack from enemy machine guns and grenades. After being hit and disregarding his own intense pain, he managed to drag the Marine to a covered position. However, before he was able to reach cover himself, Lester was struck again. 

With great effort he pulled the Marine to safety, but was too weak to administer first aid himself. He directed two other Marines in the proper treatment of the wounded man and of two other casualties. Lester stubbornly refused medical aid for himself. Not long after, he succumbed to his injuries. In the face of almost certain death, Lester had risked his life to save another.

Medal of Honor Citation:
Realizing that his own wounds were fatal, he staunchly refused medical attention for himself and, gathering his fast-waning strength with calm determination, coolly and expertly directed his men in the treatment of two other wounded Marines, succumbing shortly thereafter.”
   
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