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Lester E. Power

Date of death: Killed in Action
Place of Birth: California, Calistoga
Home of record: Calistoga California
Status: KIA


Navy Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Second Nicaraguan Campaign

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant Lester E. Power (MCSN: 0-78013), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while in command of a patrol of the Guardia Nacional de Nicaragua, on 15 June 1931. When attacked by vastly superior forces, Lieutenant Power placed his patrol in position to successfully defend itself until its ammunition was exhausted, and after being seriously wounded while attempting to relieve a stoppage in a Browning Automatic Rifle, he continued to encourage the Guardia until he was killed by a burst of machine gun fire. Spurred on by Lieutenant Power's sterling, soldierly qualition, the Guardia patrol kept up a terrific return of the bandits' fire, inflicting considerable damage to them, including seven dead, until the Guardia's ammunition was completely exhausted.

General Orders: Authority - USMC Communiqué: 078013 (1 October 1931)

Action Date: 15-Jun-31

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: First Lieutenant

Division: Guardia Nacional de Nicaragua