Reidar Waaler

Reidar Waaler
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Medal of Honor recipient
Born (1894-02-12)February 12, 1894
Oslo, Norway
Died February 5, 1979(1979-02-05) (aged 84)
West Palm Beach, FL
Place of burial
Forest Hills Memorial Park and Mausoleum Palm City, Florida
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1917 - 1919
Rank Sergeant
Unit Company A, 105th Machine Gun Battalion, 27th Division
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Medal of Honor

Reidar Waaler (February 12, 1894 – February 5, 1979) was a soldier in the United States Army who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during World War I.


Waaler was born in Norway on February 12, 1894, and died February 5, 1979. He is buried in Forest Hills Memorial Park and Mausoleum Palm City, Florida. His grave can be found in the NEAGS section, row A, lot 5.

Medal of Honor Citation

Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company A, 105th Machine Gun Battalion, 27th Division. Place and date: At Ronssoy, France; September 27, 1918. Entered service at: New York, New York. Birth: February 12, 1894; Oslo, Norway. General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 5 (1920).


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 two 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.[1]

Military Awards[2][3]

Waaler's military decorations and awards include:

1st row Medal of Honor World War I Victory Medal w/three bronze service stars to denote credit for the Somme Offensive, Ypres-Lys and Defensive Sector battle clasps.
2nd row Distinguished Conduct Medal (Great Britain) Médaille militaire (French Republic) Croix de guerre 1914–1918 w/bronze palm (French Republic)
3rd row Croce al Merito di Guerra (Italy) Medal for Military Bravery (Kingdom of Montenegro) Medalha da Cruz de Guerra, Third Class (Portuguese Republic)

See also


 This article incorporates  public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
  1. ^ "WAALER, REIDAR". Army of Medal of Honor website. 2009-08-03. Retrieved 2009-08-17.
  2. ^ The Story of the 27th Division by John F. O'Ryan, Appendix C=1921 (PDF). Wynkoop Hallenbeck Crawford Co.,New York. p. 924. Retrieved October 10, 2017.
  3. ^ History of Passaic and Its Environs, Volume III by William W. Scott=1922. Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc. p. 502.

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