William N. Jackson

Medal_of_Honor_ribbon-131x37Distinguished Service Cross
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  • Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division
  • Place and date: Near Faymonville, Belgium, 15 January 1945
  • G.O. No.: HQ, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 48 (1945)

Citation: First Lieutenant William N. Jackson, O1324540, 16th Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 15 January 1945, in Belgium. When his platoon was halted by intense enemy machine gun, rocket, and small arms fire from a strongly fortified house, First Lieutenant Jackson, armed only with a pistol and two hand grenades, moved across open, fire-swept terrain toward the hostile position. Firing his pistol as he ran forward, he killed the enemy machine gunners. Upon reaching the house, he rolled his grenades into the stovepipe protruding from the cellar, then rushed to the front door and captured the Germans forced out by the blast. By his daring courage in the face of murderous fire, First Lieutenant Jackson reduced the hostile emplacement, captured fifteen enemy soldiers, and enabled his platoon to continue to its objective. Entered military service from Tennessee.

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