Spurrier, James, S/Sgt

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
745-Rifleman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1940-1945, 745, 2nd Battalion, 134th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1940 - 1945

Staff Sergeant


Two Service Stripes



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
1922
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
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Last Address
Bluefield

Date of Passing
Feb 25, 1984
 
Location of Interment
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Wall/Plot Coordinates
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 Official Badges 

Belgian Fourragere Honorably Discharged WW II French Fourragere


 Unofficial Badges 

Sergeant Audie Murphy Club Pearl Harbor Memorial Medallion




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Last Known Activity

Junior James Spurrier, born James I. Spurrier, Jr., was a United States Army soldier who received America's highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in World War II.

James I. Spurrier, Jr. was born in Castlewood, Virginia. In September 1940, he enlisted in the Army. James filled his name in the wrong blanks, so he became "Junior J. Spurrier" to the Army. Near Lay St. Christopher, France, he earned the Distinguished Service Cross. He had spearheaded an assault on a stubbornly defended hill position. On a tank destroyer, he used a .50-caliber machine gun to kill over 12 Germans and captured 22 others. He climbed down to personally blow up bunkers with rifle fire and grenades.

On November 13, 1944, while serving as a Staff Sergeant with Company G, 134th Infantry, 35th Infantry Division, Spurrier fought Germans in Achain, Moselle, France. Repeatedly, Spurrier wandered into the command post with prisoners, replenished his ammo, then slipped out the door. Junior J. Spurrier earned the Medal of Honor for nearly single-handedly capturing the village of Achain that day. He received the Medal of Honor on March 6, 1945 from Lt. Gen. William Hood Simpson.

He is buried in Mountain Home National Cemetery, Johnson City, Tennessee.
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Spurrier was known as the “One Man Army” and the “Sgt. York of World War II,” for his valor in combat in Europe. He received both the Distinguished Service Cross and the Medal of Honor among several medals. Tony Whitlow president of the museum board of directors called Spurrier, “a super hero whose exploits have no equal.”

“Audie Murphy received one more medal than Junior did,” it was the Good Conduct Medal.”

Remarks made by Spurrier’s commanding officers who characterized his composure under fire, his intelligence and the fact that he was the “meanest, toughest and orneriest soldier” in the war.



   
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 Unit Assignments
35th Infantry Division2nd Battalion, 134th Infantry Regiment
  1940-1941, 745, 35th Infantry Division
  1940-1945, 745, 35th Infantry Division
  1940-1945, 745, 2nd Battalion, 134th Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1943 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Aleutian Islands Campaign (1942-43)
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Northern France Campaign (1944)/Falaise Pocket
  1944-1944 Normandy Campaign (1944)/Battle of St. Lo
  1944-1944 Northern France Campaign (1944)/Operation Cobra
  1944-1944 Northern France Campaign (1944)/Battle of Arracourt
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Metz
  1944-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1945 Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of the Bulge
  1945-1945 Central Europe Campaign (1945)/Battle of the Ruhr Pocket
  1945-1945 Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Saar River Crossing
  1945-1945 Central Europe Campaign (1945)/Elbe Day, April 25, 1945
  1945-1945 Central Europe Campaign (1945)/Victory in Europe Day (VE Day - 8May45)
  1945-1945 Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Advance to the Rhine
  1945-1945 Central Europe Campaign (1945)/Operation Plunder
  1945-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
  1945-1945 Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Advance to the Rhine
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