Sgt William G. Fournier
U.S. Army, 25th Infantry Division, 35th Infantry Regiment, Company M
Born in Norwich, CT.Joined the U. S. Army at Winterport, Maine. Assigned to the 25th Infantry Division, 35th Infantry Regiment, Company M.
On January 10, 1943 at Sea Horse near Mount Austen on Guadalcanal, Fournier and T/5 Lewis Hall rushed to man an idle machine gun. While Hall raised the gun, Fournier opened fire until both were Killed in Action (KIA). Later, both earned the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Posthumous Medal of Honor Citation (G.O. No.: 28, 5 June 1943)
Citation "For gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty. As leader of a machinegun section charged with the protection of other battalion units, his group was attacked by a superior number of Japanese, his gunner killed, his assistant gunner wounded, and an adjoining guncrew put out of action. Ordered to withdraw from this hazardous position, Sgt. Fournier refused to retire but rushed forward to the idle gun and, with the aid of another soldier who joined him [Lewis Hall], held up the machinegun by the tripod to increase its field action. They opened fire and inflicted heavy casualties upon the enemy. While so engaged both these gallant soldiers were killed, but their sturdy defensive was a decisive factor in the following success of the attacking battalion.
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