GEORGE WALTON POST 371


Official Website of George Walton Post 371

41 N. Lakeview Drive, P.O. Box 125, Gibbsboro, NJ 08026

Memorial Day
May 27

 



Memorial Day is the most important day of the year on the Legion Calendar.
The one day of the year when we gather together to Remember and Honor
those who "Gave Their All."  They died so we can continue to cherish the
things we love - FREEDOM, COUNTRY and FAMILY.
 

POST 371
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ELCOMES YOU 

Our Mission:

- Provide Military Veterans and their Families
with camaraderie and support.

- Provide our community with resources
and guidance to foster American ideals,
civic pride, and prosperity.

 Please take a few moments to browse our various categories
to find out what is happening in and around Post 371. 

 Feel free to call (856.783.7327) or email any questions or comments.

Thank you for visiting us.
Howard Secrest, Post Commander

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CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL of HONOR
The Medal of Honor is the United States' highest award for military valor in action.
And while over 150 years have passed since its inception, the meaning behind the Medal has never tarnished.
Etched within are the very values that each Recipient displayed in the moments that mattered---
bravery, courage, sacrifice, integrity

A distinguished award presented only to the deserving, the Medal tells a story of its own.
CHARLES CHRIS HAGEMEISTER
VIETNAM WAR
U.S. ARMY


  SPECIALIST FIFTH CLASS
(HIGHEST RANK: LIEUTENANT COLONEL)

UNIT: HEADQUARTERS & HEADQUARTERS COMPANY,
1ST BATTALION, 5TH CAVALRY,
1ST CAVALRY DIVISION (AIRMOBILE)

PLACE: BINH DINH PROVINCE
REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM

MARCH 20, 1967

Out of the 41 million who have served in the U.S. military, the Medal has been presented to only 3,511 service members.
Check this space often for more MEDAL OF HONOR stories.

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. While conducting combat operations against a hostile force, Sp5c. Hagemeister's platoon suddenly came under heavy attack from three sides by an enemy force occupying well-concealed, fortified positions and supported by machine guns and mortars. Seeing two of his comrades seriously wounded in the initial action, Sp5c. Hagemeister, unhesitatingly and with total disregard for his safety, raced through the deadly hail of enemy fire to provide them medical aid. Upon learning that the platoon leader and several other soldiers had been wounded, Sp5c. Hagemeister continued to brave the withering enemy fire and crawled forward to render lifesaving treatment and to offer words of encouragement. Attempting to evacuate the seriously wounded soldiers, Sp5c. Hagemeister was taken under fire at close range by an enemy sniper. Realizing that the lives of his fellow soldiers depended on his actions, Sp5c. Hagemeister seized a rifle from a fallen comrade, killed the sniper, three other enemy soldiers who were attempting to encircle his position, and silenced an enemy machine gun that covered the area with deadly fire. Unable to remove the wounded to a less exposed location and aware of the enemy efforts to isolate his unit, he dashed through the fusillade of fire to secure help from a nearby platoon. Returning with help, he placed men in positions to cover his advance as he moved to evacuate the wounded forward of his location. These efforts successfully completed, he then moved to the other flank and evacuated additional wounded men despite the fact that his every move drew fire from the enemy. Sp5c. Hagemeister's repeated heroic and selfless actions at the risk of his life saved the lives of many of his comrades and inspired their actions in repelling the enemy assault. Sp5c. Hagemeister's indomitable courage was in the highest traditions of the Armed Forces and reflect great credit upon himself(4/25)

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