b. 23/06/1919 Alma, Georgia. d. 22/01/1985 San Antonio, Texas.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 02/09/1944 Montrevel, France.
World War II Congessional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army in Troop A, 117th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, 7th Army. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on September 2, 1944 at Montreval, France.
Armed with a rifle and grenades, he left his men on the high ground and crawled to within 30 yards of the mortars, where the enemy discovered him and unleashed machine-pistol fire which shattered his right thigh. Scorning retreat, bleeding, and suffering intense pain, he dragged himself relentlessly forward. He killed five of the enemy with rifle fire, and the others fled before he reached their position. Fired on by an armored car, he took cover behind the German half-track and there found a panzerfaust with which to neutralize this threat. Despite his wounds, he inched his way toward the car through withering machine-gun fire, maneuvered into range, and blasted the vehicle with a round from the rocket launcher, forcing it to withdraw. Having cleared the slope of hostile troops, he struggled back to his men, where he collapsed from pain and loss of blood.
BURIAL LOCATION: ROSE HILL CEMETERY, ALMA, GEORGIA.
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