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First Name: Ted

Last Name: Belcher

Birthplace: Accoville, WV, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Huntington, WV

Date of Birth: 21 July 1924

Date of Death: 19 November 1966

Rank: Sergeant

Years Served: 1943 - 1966
Ted Belcher

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)
•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


Ted Belcher
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Medal of Honor Recipient
Vietnam War

Ted Belcher was born on 21 July 1924 at Accoville, WV. He was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army and was posthumously awarded the U.S. military's highest award for valor - the Medal of Honor - for his heroic actions in the Vietnam War.

Belcher joined the Army from Huntington, WV, and on 19 November 1966 was serving as a Sergeant in Company C, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. On that day, at Plei Djerang in the Republic of Vietnam, Belcher smothered the blast of an enemy-thrown hand grenade with his body, sacrificing himself to protect those around him.

Medal of Honor

Citation: Distinguishing himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life. Sgt. Belcher's unit was engaged in a search and destroy mission with Company B, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry, the Battalion Reconnaissance Platoon and a Special Forces company of civilian irregular defense group personnel. As a squad leader of the 2d Platoon of Company C, Sgt. Belcher was leading his men when they encountered a bunker complex. The reconnaissance platoon, located a few hundred meters northwest of Company C, received a heavy volume of fire from well camouflaged snipers. As the 2d Platoon moved forward to assist the unit under attack, Sgt. Belcher and his squad, advancing only a short distance through the dense jungle terrain, met heavy and accurate automatic weapons and sniper fire. Sgt. Belcher and his squad were momentarily stopped by the deadly volume of enemy fire. He quickly gave the order to return fire and resume the advance toward the enemy. As he moved up with his men, a hand grenade landed in the midst of the sergeant's squad. Instantly realizing the immediate danger to his men, Sgt. Belcher, unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his safety, lunged forward, covering the grenade with his body. Absorbing the grenade blast at the cost of his life, he saved his comrades from becoming casualties. Sgt. Belcher's profound concern for his fellow soldiers, at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Army and reflect credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Sergeant Belcher's name is inscribed on Panel 12E - Line 86.

Death and Burial

Sergeant Ted Belcher was killed in action on 19 November 1966. He is buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Zanesville, OH.

Honoree ID: 893   Created by: MHOH




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