Foster J. Sayers’ Medal of Honor citation

The President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR (Posthumously) to

PRIVATE FIRST CLASS

FOSTER JOSEPH SAYERS

UNITED STATES ARMY

for service as set forth in the following

CITATION:

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Private First Class Foster Joseph Sayers (ASN: 33575742), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry above and beyond the call of duty in combat on 12 November 1944, while serving with Company L, 357th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division, in action near Thionville, France. During an attack on strong hostile forces entrenched on a hill he fearlessly ran up the steep approach toward his objective and set up his machinegun 20 yards from the enemy. Realizing it would be necessary to attract full attention of the dug-in Germans while his company crossed an open area and flanked the enemy, he picked up his gun, charged through withering machinegun and rifle fire to the very edge of the emplacement, and there killed 12 German soldiers with devastating close-range fire. He took up a position behind a log and engaged the hostile infantry from the flank in an heroic attempt to distract their attention while his comrades attained their objective at the crest of the hill. He was killed by the very heavy concentration of return fire; but his fearless assault enabled his company to sweep the hill with minimum of casualties, killing or capturing every enemy soldier on it. Private First Class Sayers’ indomitable fighting spirit, aggressiveness, and supreme devotion to duty live on as an example of the highest traditions of the military service.


Born: 27 April 1924 in Marshalls Creek, Pa…. Also awarded the Bronze Star… Interred: Schencks Cemetery in Howard, Pa.

Author: Real American Heroes

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