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CMOHS.org - Sergeant FOURNIER, WILLIAM G., U.S. Army

Recipient Detail

 

FOURNIER, WILLIAM G.

Rank: Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company M
Division: 35th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division
Born: Norwich, Conn.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Winterport, Maine
G.O. Number: 28
Date of Issue: 06/05/1943
Accredited To:
Place / Date: Mount Austen, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, 10 January 1943
 
 


FOURNIER, WILLIAM G. Photo
 
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.