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World War I - U.S. Army

Willie Sandlin

  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Conflict/Era: World War I
  • Unit/Command:
    Company A, 132d Infantry,
    33d Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: September 26, 1918
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Bois-de-Forges, France
He showed conspicuous gallantry in action by advancing alone directly on a machine-gun nest which was holding up the line with its fire. He killed the crew with a grenade and enabled the line to advance. Later in the day he attacked alone and put out of action two other machine-gun nests, setting a splendid example of bravery and coolness to his men.
Medal of Honor Recipient Willie Sandlin
Medal of Honor Recipient Willie Sandlin
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Hyden, Leslie County, Kentucky
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: February 9, 1919
    Chaumont, France - presented by General John J. Pershing
  • Born: January 1, 1890, Jackson, Breathitt County, KY, United States
  • Died: May 29, 1949, Hyden, KY, United States
  • Buried: Kentucky Veterans Cemetery South East (grave 1); remains moved from Zachary Taylor National Cemetery (MH) (E-10-A), Louisville, Kentucky, Hyden, KY, United States

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