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CMOHS.org - Corporal VILLEPIGUE, JOHN C., U.S. Army

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VILLEPIGUE, JOHN C.

Rank: Corporal
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company M
Division: 118th Infantry, 30th Division
Born: 29 March 1896, Camden, S.C.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Camden, S.C.
G.O. Number: 16
Date of Issue: 12/31/1919
Accredited To:
Place / Date: At Vaux-Andigny, France, 15 October 1918
 
 


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Citation

Having been sent out with 2 other soldiers to scout through the village of Vaux-Andigny, he met with strong resistance from enemy machinegun fire, which killed 1 of his men and wounded the other. Continuing his advance without aid 500 yards in advance of his platoon and in the face of machinegun and artillery fire he encountered 4 of the enemy in a dugout, whom he attacked and killed with a handgrenade. Crawling forward to a point 150 yards in advance of his first encounter, he rushed a machinegun nest, killing 4 and capturing 6 of the enemy and taking 2 light machineguns. After being joined by his platoon he was severely wounded in the arm.