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CMOHS.org - Private First Class McWHORTER, WILLIAM A., U.S. Army

Recipient Detail

 

McWHORTER, WILLIAM A.

Rank: Private First Class
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company M
Division: 126th Infantry, 32d Infantry Division
Born: Liberty, S.C.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Liberty, S.C.
G.O. Number: 82
Date of Issue: 09/27/1945
Accredited To:
Place / Date: Leyte, Philippine Islands, 5 December 1944
 
 


McWHORTER, WILLIAM A. Photo
 
Citation

He displayed gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in operations against the enemy. Pfc. McWhorter, a machine gunner, was emplaced in a defensive position with 1 assistant when the enemy launched a heavy attack. Manning the gun and opening fire, he killed several members of an advancing demolition squad, when 1 of the enemy succeeded in throwing a fused demolition charge in the entrenchment. Without hesitation and with complete disregard for his own safety, Pfc. McWhorter picked up the improvised grenade and deliberately held it close to his body, bending over and turning away from his companion. The charge exploded, killing him instantly, but leaving his assistant unharmed. Pfc. McWhorter's outstanding heroism and supreme sacrifice in shielding a comrade reflect the highest traditions of the military service.