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World War I - U.S. Army

William Sawelson

  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Conflict/Era: World War I
  • Unit/Command:
    Company M, 312th Infantry,
    78th Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: October 26, 1918
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Grand-Pre, France
Hearing a wounded man in a shell hole some distance away calling for water, Sgt. Sawelson, upon his own initiative, left shelter and crawled through heavy machine-gun fire to where the man lay, giving him what water he had in his canteen. He then went back to his own shell hole, obtained more water, and was returning to the wounded man when he was killed by a machine-gun bullet.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Harrison, Hudson County, New Jersey
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Born: August 5, 1895, Newark, Essex County, NJ, United States
  • Died: October 26, 1918, France
  • Buried: Meuse-Argonne Cemetery (MH) (C-9-33), Romagne Meuse, France

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