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World War II - U.S. Army

Junior James Spurrier

  • Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    Company G, 134th Infantry,
    35th Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: November 13, 1944
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Achain, France

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy at Achain, France, on 13 November 1944. At 2:00 P.M., Company G attacked the village of Achain from the east. S/Sgt. Spurrier armed with a BAR passed around the village and advanced alone. Attacking from the west, he immediately killed three Germans. From this time until dark, S/Sgt. Spurrier, using at different times his BAR and M1 rifle, American and German rocket launchers, a German automatic pistol, and hand grenades, continued his solitary attack against the enemy regardless of all types of small-arms and automatic-weapon fire. As a result of his heroic actions he killed an officer and 24 enlisted men and captured two officers and two enlisted men. His valor has shed fresh honor on the U.S. Armed Forces.

Medal of Honor Recipient Junior J. Spurrier
Medal of Honor Recipient Junior J. Spurrier
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Riggs, Kentucky
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: December 14, 1922, Russell County, KY, United States
  • Died: February 25, 1984, Limestone, TN, United States
  • Buried: Mountain Home National Cemetery (MH) (HH-15-8), Johnson City, TN, United States

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