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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

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b. 21/06/1913 Norwich, Connecticut. d. 13/01/1943 Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 10/01/1943 Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.

 

Fournier joined the Army from Winterport, Maine in September 1940, and by January 10, 1943 was serving as a Sergeant in Company M, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. During a Japanese attack on that day, at Mount Austen, Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands, he refused an order to withdraw after many men in his unit had been killed or wounded and, with fellow soldier Technician Fifth Grade Lewis Hall, stayed behind to man a machine gun. Hall was killed at the gun, while Fournier was badly wounded and died three days later. Both men were posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on June 5, 1943.

 

MOH CITATION:

 

For gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty. As leader of a machinegun 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 guncrew 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 machinegun 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.

 

BURIAL LOCATION: NATIONAL MEMORIAL CEMETERY, HONOLULU, HAWAII.

Section C, Grave 462

 

 

William Grant Fournier

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