Monday, December 2, 2019

Medal of Honor Monday: William G. Fournier

"For gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty.  As leader of a machine gun section charged with the protection of other battalion units, his group was attacked by a superior number of Japanese, his gunner killed, his assistant gunner wounded and an adjoining gun crew put out of action.  Ordered to withdraw from this hazardous position, Sgt. Fournier refused to retire but rushed forward to the idle gun and,with the aid of another soldier who joined him, held up the machine gun by the tripod to increase its field action.  They opened fire and inflicted heavy casualties upon the enemy.  While so engaged both these gallant soldiers were killed, but their sturdy defensive was a decisive factor in the following success of the attacking battalion."

From Sgt. Fournier's Medal of Honor citation, awarded on June 5, 1943.

Thank you for your service and may you be at peace, 
Brian & Melonie

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