John E. Warren, Jr.
Rank and Organization: First
Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company C, 2d Battalion,
(Mechanized), 22d Infantry, 25th Infantry Division.
Place and Date: Tay Ninh Province, Republic of Vietnam, 14 January 1969.
Entered Service At: New York, N.Y .
Born: 16 November 1946, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and
beyond the call of duty. 1st Lt. Warren, distinguished himself at
the cost of his life while serving as a platoon leader with
Company C. While moving through a rubber plantation to
reinforce another friendly unit, Company C came under intense
fire from a well-fortified enemy force. Disregarding his safety,
1st Lt. Warren with several of his men began maneuvering
through the hail of enemy fire toward the hostile positions.
When he had come to within 6 feet of one of the enemy
bunkers and was preparing to toss a hand grenade into it, an
enemy grenade was suddenly thrown into the middle of his
small group. Thinking only of his men, 1st Lt. Warren fell in the
direction of the grenade, thus shielding those around him from
the blast. His action, performed at the cost of his life, saved 3
men from serious or mortal injury. First Lt. Warren's ultimate
action of sacrifice to save the lives of his men was in keeping
with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects
great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Civilian Personnel Policy.
Black Americans in Defense of Our Nation.
Washington, D.C.: GPO, 1985.