Connor, Peter Spencer, SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary MOS
0369-Infantry Unit Leader
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1965-1966, 0369, Fox Co, 2nd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (2/3)
Service Years
1952 - 1966

Staff Sergeant

 
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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
1932
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
East Orange
Last Address
East Orange

Casualty Date
Mar 08, 1966
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Location
Quang Ngai (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - San Diego, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
05E 129/Plot: Section A-e Grave 1005

 Official Badges 

French Fourragere


 Unofficial Badges 


 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialMedal of Honor Recipients
  1966, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]
  1966, Medal of Honor Recipients [Verified]

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1952, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC)
 Unit Assignments
Infantry Training School(s) WestUSMC (United States Marine Corps)1st Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (1/5), 5th Marine Regiment1st Bn, 8th Marine Regiment (1/8)
MarForResMCB Quantico, VA2nd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (2/3)1st Bn, 1st Marine Regiment  (1/1), 1st Marine Regiment
  1952-1952, 0311, 2nd Infantry Training Regiment (Cadre)
  1952-1952, 1st Replacement Bn
  1952-1953, 0311, B Co, 1st Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (1/5)
  1953-1955, 0311, B Co, 1st Bn, 8th Marine Regiment (1/8)
  1955-1961, 0311, MARTD Dover, NJ
  1961-1962, 0311, MCB Quantico, VA
  1962-1963, 0311, B Co, 1st Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (1/5)
  1963-1964, 0311, Fox Co, 2nd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (2/3)
  1964-1965, 0369, B Co, 1st Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (1/1)
  1965-1966, 0369, Fox Co, 2nd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (2/3)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)/Operation Double Eagle I
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
WIA 25 Feb1966, died USS REPOSE

 
   
Comments/Citation
Medal of Honor
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Staff Sergeant Peter Spencer Connor (MCSN: 1280832), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 25 February 1966, while serving with the Company F, Second Battalion, Third Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in action against enemy Viet Cong forces in Quang Ngai Province, Republic of Vietnam. Leading his platoon on a search and destroy operation in an area made particularly hazardous by extensive cave and tunnel complexes, Staff Sergeant Connor maneuvered his unit aggressively forward under intermittent enemy small-arms fire. Exhibiting particular alertness and keen observation, he spotted an enemy spider hole emplacement approximately 15 meters to his front. He pulled the pin from a fragmentation grenade intending to charge the hole boldly and drop the missile into its depths. Upon pulling the pin he realized that the firing mechanism was faulty, and that even as he held the safety device firmly in place, the fuse charge was already activated. With only precious seconds to decide, he further realized that he could not cover the distance to the small opening of the spider hole in sufficient time, and that to hurl the deadly bomb in any direction would result in death or injury to some of his comrades tactically deployed near him. Manifesting extraordinary gallantry and with utter disregard for his personal safety, he chose to hold the grenade against his body in order to absorb the terrific explosion and spare his comrades. His act of extreme valor and selflessness in the face of virtually certain death, although leaving him mortally wounded, spared many of his fellow Marines from death or injury. His gallant action in giving his life in the cause of freedom reflects the highest credit upon the Marine Corps and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Action Date: February 25, 1966
   
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