Commander of a reconnaissance platoon, First Lieutenant Waybur volunteered to lead a three-vehicle patrol into enemy-held territory to locate an isolated Ranger unit. Proceeding under cover of darkness, over roads known to be heavily mined, and strongly defended by road blocks and machine gun positions, the patrol's progress was halted at a bridge which had been destroyed by enemy troops and was suddenly cut off from its supporting vehicles by four enemy tanks. Although hopelessly outnumbered and out-gunned, and himself and his men completely exposed, he quickly dispersed his vehicles and ordered his gunners to open fire with their .30 and .50 caliber machine guns.
Then, with ammunition exhausted, three of his men hit and himself seriously wounded, he seized his .45 caliber Thompson submachine gun and standing in the bright moonlight directly in the line of fire, alone engaged the leading tank at 30 yards and succeeded in killing the crewmembers, causing the tank to run onto the bridge and crash into the stream bed. After dispatching one of the men for aid he rallied the rest to cover and withstood the continued fire of the tanks until the arrival of aid the following morning."
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 69, October 21, 1943
Action Date: 17-Jul-43
As reported in the Manhattan Republic on June 8, 1944, First Lt. David Waybur, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor on October 21, 1943, moved to Manhattan, Kansas to serve at Fort Riley as an instructor of tactics at the Cavalry School.
David C. Waybur was a member of Beta Theta Pi. He returned to combat in Europe and died there on March 28, 1945. He is buried at the Lorraine Cemetery and Memorial in France.