PFC Leslie Allen Bellrichard

 © Photographed July 20, 2015
Erected by Janesville Patriotic Society*
Janesville, Rock County, Wisconsin
42.692027,-89.03126
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BELLRICHARD
PFC Leslie Allen
10 July 1969
Kontum Prov Vietnam
CO C 1/8 Inf 4th Inf Div
Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.

Acting as a fire team leader with Company C, during combat operations PFC Bellrichard was with 4 fellow soldiers in a foxhole on their unit's perimeter when the position came under a massive enemy attack. Following a 30-minute mortar barrage, the enemy launched a strong ground assault. Pfc. Bellrichard rose in face of a group of charging enemy soldiers and threw hand grenades into their midst, eliminating several of the foe and forcing the remainder to withdraw. Failing in their initial attack, the enemy repeated the mortar and rocket bombardment of the friendly perimeter, then once again charged against the defenders in a concerted effort to overrun the position. PFC Bellrichard resumed throwing hand grenades at the onrushing attackers. As he was about to hurl a grenade, a mortar round exploded just in front of his position, knocking him into the foxhole and causing him to lose his grip on the already armed grenade. Recovering instantly, PFC Bellrichard recognized the threat to the lives of his 4 comrades and threw himself upon the grenade, shielding his companions from the blast that followed. Although severely wounded, PFC Bellrichard struggled into an upright position in the foxhole and fired his rifle at the enemy until he succumbed to his wounds. His selfless heroism contributed greatly to the successful defense of the position, and he was directly responsible for saving the lives of several of his comrades. His acts are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the U.S. Army.
The memorial is located Veterans Plaza at the north end of Traxler Park, and is accessible from Traxler Park Road, north of its intersection with Hyatt Street, Janesville, Wisconsin 53545.

*NOTE: Member organizations of Janesville Patriotic Society include American Legion Post No. 205, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1621, and Gold Star Mothers.

The Virtual Wall at Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Leslie Allen Bellrichard

Janesville group to present plans for veterans memorial at Traxler Park (January 22, 2011)



PFC Leslie Allen Bellrichard's memorial is first on the right.


 The memorial is part of Veterans Plaza / Medal of Honor Veterans Walkway.

The memorial is located at Traxler Park in Janesville, Wisconsin.

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