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John C. Villepigue Medal of Honor citation

Army MOH CitationThe President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pleasure in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR to

CORPORAL

JOHN CANTEY VILLEPIGUE

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 pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Corporal John Cantey Villepigue (ASN: 1312401), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 15 October 1918, while serving with Company M, 118th Infantry, 30th Division, in action at Vaux-Andigny, France. Having been sent out with two other soldiers to scout through the village of Vaux-Andigny, Corporal Villepigue met with strong resistance from enemy machinegun fire, which killed one of his men and wounded the other. Continue reading “John C. Villepigue Medal of Honor citation”

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William J. Donovan Medal of Honor citation

Army MOH CitationThe President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pleasure in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR to

LIEUTENANT COLONEL

WILLIAM JOSEPH “WILD BILL” DONOVAN

ARMY

for service as set forth in the following

CITATION:

For The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry) William Joseph “Wild Bill” Donovan (ASN: 0-102383), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 14 and 15 October 1918, while serving as Commanding Officer, 165th Infantry, 42d Division, American Expeditionary Forces, in action at Landres-et-St. Georges, France. Lieutenant Colonel Donovan personally led the assaulting wave in an attack upon a very strongly organized position, and when our troops were suffering heavy casualties he encouraged all near him by his example, moving among his men in exposed positions, reorganizing decimated platoons, and accompanying them forward in attacks. When he was wounded in the leg by machine-gun bullets, he refused to be evacuated and continued with his unit until it withdrew to a less exposed position.


Born Jan. 1, 1883 in Buffalo, N.Y…. Organized and led a troop of cavalry in the New York State Militia that served on the Mexican border during the Pancho Villa campaign… Considered the “Father of American Intelligence” for forming the Office of Strategic Services during World War II, which became the Central Intelligence Agency… Also awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and two Purple Hearts… Departed: Feb. 8, 1959… Buried: Arlington National Cemetery

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James C. Dozier Medal of Honor citation

Army MOH CitationThe President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pleasure in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR to

FIRST LIEUTENANT

JAMES C. DOZIER

ARMY

For service as set forth in the following

CITATION:

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to First Lieutenant (Infantry) James C. Dozier, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 8 October 1918, while serving with Company G, 118th Infantry, 30th Division, in action at Montbrehain, France. In command of two platoons, First Lieutenant Dozier was painfully wounded in the shoulder early in the attack, but he continued to lead his men displaying the highest bravery and skill. When his command was held up by heavy machinegun fire, he disposed his men in the best cover available and with a soldier continued forward to attack a machinegun nest. Creeping up to the position in the face of intense fire, he killed the entire crew with hand grenades and his pistol and a little later captured a number of Germans who had taken refuge in a dugout nearby.


Born: 17 Feb., 1885, Galivants Ferry, S.C…. Departed: 24 Oct., 1974… Interred: Elmwood Cemetery, Columbia, S.C…. Company G, 118th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division… Joined the 118th Infantry Regiment in 1904 and served in the Gen. Pershing’s Punitive Expedition against Pancho Villa before being sent to World War I… Awarded the Purple Heart, Military Cross (UK), Chevalier of the Legion of Honour (France), and the Croix de Guerre (France)… “Mr. National Guard” retired as a colonel in 1959… Son James served as an officer with the 11th Airborne Division and saw action in the Pacific Theater of World War II, earning a Purple Heart and Bronze Star, and retired as a colonel.

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Sgt. Michael B. Ellis’ Medal of Honor citation

Army MOH CitationThe President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pleasure in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR to

SERGEANT

MICHAEL B ELLIS

ARMY

for service as set forth in the following

CITATION:

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Sergeant Michael B. Ellis (ASN: 56976), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 5 October 1918, while serving with Company C, 28th Infantry, 1st Division, in action at Exermont, France. During the entire day’s engagement Sergeant Ellis operated far in advance of the first wave of his company, voluntarily undertaking most dangerous missions and single-handedly attacking and reducing machinegun nests. Flanking one emplacement, he killed two of the enemy with rifle fire and captured 17 others. Later he single-handedly advanced under heavy fire and captured 27 prisoners, including two officers and six machineguns, which had been holding up the advance of the company. The captured officers indicated the locations of four other machineguns, and he in turn captured these, together with their crews, at all times showing marked heroism and fearlessness.


Born: Oct. 28, 1894 in St. Louis, Mo…. Enlisted in the Army in 1912… Also awarded the Silver Star, the French Chevalier Legion of Honor, and the Croix de Guerre with Palm (also France), Italy’s Cross of War, Poland’s Cross of War, as well as decorations from Morocco… Ultimately reached the rank of 1st Sgt…. Departed: Dec. 9, 1937… Interred at Arlington National Cemetery

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Freddie Stowers Medal of Honor citation

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

CORPORAL

FREDDDIE STOWERS

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 Corporal Freddie Stowers, United States Army, for exceptional heroism on 28 September 1918, while serving as a squad leader in Company C, 371st Infantry Regiment, 93d Infantry Division. Corporal Stowers’ company was the lead company during the attack on Hill 188, Champagne Marne Sector, France, during World War I. Continue reading “Freddie Stowers Medal of Honor citation”