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CMOHS.org - First Lieutenant WILLIAMS, ERNEST CALVIN, U.S. Marine Corps

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WILLIAMS, ERNEST CALVIN

Rank: First Lieutenant
Organization: U.S. Marine Corps
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Born: 2 August 1887, Broadwell, Ill.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At:
G.O. Number: 289
Date of Issue: 04/28/1917
Accredited To: Illinois
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Citation

In action against hostile forces at San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic, 29 November 1916. With only a dozen men available, 1st Lt. Williams rushed the gate of the fortress. With 8 of his party wounded by rifle fire of the defenders, he pressed on with the 4 remaining men, threw himself against the door just as it was being closed by the Dominicans and forced an entry. Despite a narrow escape from death at the hands of a rifleman, he and his men disposed of the guards and within a few minutes had gained control of the fort and the hundred prisoners confined there.