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First Name: Reidar

Last Name: Waaler

Birthplace: NOR

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: New York City, NY

Date of Birth: 12 February 1894

Date of Death: 05 February 1979

Rank: Sergeant

Years Served:
Reidar Waaler

•  World War I (1914 - 1918)


Reidar Waaler

Sergeant, U.S. Army

Medal of Honor Recipient

World War I

Sergeant Reidar Waaler (12 February 1894 - 5 February 1979) was a U.S. Army soldier who received the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his heroic actions during World War I.

Reidar Waaler was born in Norway on 12 February 1894 and entered the U.S. Army in New York, NY.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company A, 105th Machine-Gun Battalion, 27th Division.

Place and date: Near Ronssoy, France, 27 September 1918.

Citation: In the face of heavy artillery and machinegun fire, he crawled forward to a burning British tank, in which some of the crew were imprisoned, and succeeded in rescuing 2 men. Although the tank was then burning fiercely and contained ammunition which was likely to explode at any time, this soldier immediately returned to the tank and, entering it, made a search for the other occupants, remaining until he satisfied himself that there were no more living men in the tank.

Death and Burial

Sergeant Reidar Waaler died on 5 February 1979. He is buried at Forest Hills Memorial Park and Mausoleum in Palm City, FL, in the NEAGS Section, Row A, Lot 5.

Honoree ID: 1838   Created by: MHOH




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