Fous, James William, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 11B10, 4th Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1967 - 1968
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate

Private First Class

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Omaha, Nebraska
Last Address
Kien Hoa Province, South Vietnam

Casualty Date
May 14, 1968
Hostile, Died
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Kien Hoa (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fort McPherson National Cemetery - Maxwell, Nebraska
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section G, Site 685

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord 9th Infantry Division

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Congressional Medal Of Honor SocietyMedal of HonorVietnam Veterans Memorial
  1970, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society
  1970, Medal of Honor [Verified]3 - Assoc. Page
  1982, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
4th Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment
  1967-1968, 11B10, 4th Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Vietnam War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army during the War in Vietnam as a Private First Class in Company E, 4th Battalion, 47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery on May 14, 1968 in the Kiến Hòa Province, Republic of Vietnam. His citation reads "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Pfc. Fous distinguished himself at the risk of his life while serving as a rifleman with Company E. Pfc. Fous was participating in a reconnaissance-in-force mission when his unit formed its perimeter defense for the night. Pfc. Fous, together with 3 other American soldiers, occupied a position in a thickly vegetated area facing a woodline. Pfc. Fous detected 3 Viet Cong maneuvering toward his position and, after alerting the other men, directed accurate fire upon the enemy soldiers, silencing 2 of them. The third Viet Cong soldier managed to escape in the thick vegetation after throwing a hand grenade into Pfc. Fous' position. Without hesitation, Pfc. Fous shouted a warning to his comrades and leaped upon the lethal explosive, absorbing the blast with his body to save the lives of the 3 men in the area at the sacrifice of his life. Pfc. Fous' extraordinary heroism at the cost of his life were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army". His Medal was posthumously awarded to him on April 7, 1970, with President Richard M. Nixon presenting the award to his mother at the White House. His name is inscribed on Panel 60E, Line 11 of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC.

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