Fournet, Douglas B., 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment (Airmobile) 1st Cavalry Division
Service Years
1966 - 1968

Infantry

First Lieutenant


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Home State
Louisiana
Louisiana
Year of Birth
1943
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Brothers Only
Last Address
Lake Charles

Casualty Date
May 04, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Vietnam, South
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Kinder McRill Memorial Cemetery - Kinder, Louisiana
Wall/Plot Coordinates
54E 033

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord 1st Cavalry Division


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 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of the Purple HeartLegion Of Valor
  1968, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1968, Legion Of Valor [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1966, Infantry Officer Candidate School (Fort Benning, GA)
 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment (Airmobile) 1st Cavalry Division
  1968-1968, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment (Airmobile) 1st Cavalry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)/Operation Delaware
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Last Known Activity




 *FOURNET, DOUGLAS B.

Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company B, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). Place and date: A Shau Valley, Republic of Vietnam, 4 May 1968. Entered service at: New Orleans, La. Born: 7 May 1943, Lake Charles, La.

Citation:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. 1st Lt. Fournet, Infantry, distinguished himself in action while serving as rifle platoon leader of the 2d Platoon, Company B. While advancing uphill against fortified enemy positions in the A Shau Valley, the platoon encountered intense sniper fire, making movement very difficult. The right flank man suddenly discovered an enemy claymore mine covering the route of advance and shouted a warning to his comrades. Realizing that the enemy would also be alerted, 1st Lt. Fournet ordered his men to take cover and ran uphill toward the mine, drawing a sheath knife as he approached it. With complete disregard for his safety and realizing the imminent danger to members of his command, he used his body as a shield in front of the mine as he attempted to slash the control wires leading from the enemy positions to the mine. As he reached for the wire the mine was detonated, killing him instantly. Five men nearest the mine were slightly wounded, but 1st Lt. Fournet's heroic and unselfish act spared his men of serious injury or death. His gallantry and willing self-sacrifice are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.

   
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Vietnam Wall Panel coords 54E 033
   
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