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World War I - U.S. Army

Harold Leo Turner

  • Rank: Corporal (Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant)
  • Conflict/Era: World War I
  • Unit/Command:
    Company F, 142d Infantry,
    36th Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: October 8, 1918
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near St. Etienne, France
After his platoon had started the attack, Cpl. Turner assisted in organizing a platoon consisting of the battalion scouts, runners, and a detachment of Signal Corps. As second in command of this platoon he fearlessly led them forward through heavy enemy fire, continually encouraging the men. Later he encountered deadly machine-gun fire which reduced the strength of his command to but four men, and these were obliged to take shelter. The enemy machine-gun emplacement, 25 yards distant, kept up a continual fire from four machine guns. After the fire had shifted momentarily, Cpl. Turner rushed forward with fixed bayonet and charged the position alone, capturing the strong point with a complement of 50 Germans and four machine guns. His remarkable display of courage and fearlessness was instrumental in destroying the strong point, the fire from which had blocked the advance of his company.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Seminole, Seminole County, Oklahoma
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: May 2, 1919
    Cheney, France, presented by Gen. William R. Smith
  • Born: May 5, 1898, Aurora, Lawrence County, MO, United States
  • Died: March 12, 1933, Caddo Lake, TX, United States
  • Buried: Little Cemetery (MH), Little, OK, United States

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