Special Operations Memorial
To honor the selfless service and sacrifice of the men and women of the US Special Operations Command and its assigned forces
this memorial is dedicated and pays tribute to those who have made the supreme sacrifice through their service to the US special operations command

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Laszlo Rabel

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For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Staff Sergeant Laszlo Rabel was acting as the Team Leader of Team Delta, 74th Infantry Detachment (Long Range Patrol), and at 1000 hours on 13 November 1968 his team had established a defensive perimeter in Binh Dinh Province conducting reconnaissance of enemy trail networks when a member of the team detected enemy movement to the front. As Staff Sergeant Rabel and another team member prepared to clear the area, he heard an incoming grenade as it landed in the midst of the team perimeter. With complete disregard for his life, Staff Sergeant Rabel threw himself onto the grenade, and covering it with his body, received the complete impact of the immediate explosion. Through his indomitable courage, complete disregard for his safety and profound concern for his fellow soldiers, Staff Sergeant Rabel averted the loss of life in the highest traditions of the military service. Staff Sergeant Rabel reflected great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.


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