McGee, William Douglas, Jr., PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Medical Corps
Last Primary MOS
657-Medical Aidman
Last MOS Group
Medical Department (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 76th Infantry Division
Service Years
1942 - 1945

Private First Class


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Home State
Tennessee
Tennessee
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Indianapolis, Indiana

Casualty Date
Mar 18, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Germany
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Wall/Plot Coordinates
C-7-13

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 Unit Assignments
304th Infantry Regiment76th Infantry Division
  1944-1945, 304th Infantry Regiment
  1944-1945, 76th Infantry Division
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  1942-1945 World War II
  1945-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
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The President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pleasure in presenting the

Medal of Honor

to

 

*McGEE, WILLIAM D.

Rank and Organization:

Citation:


A medical aid man, he made a night crossing of the Moselle River with troops endeavoring to capture the town of Mulheim. The enemy had retreated in the sector where the assault boats landed, but had left the shore heavily strewn with antipersonnel mines. Two men of the first wave attempting to work their way forward detonated mines which wounded them seriously, leaving them bleeding and in great pain beyond the reach of their comrades. Entirely on his own initiative, Pvt. McGee entered the minefield, brought out 1 of the injured to comparative safety, and had returned to rescue the second victim when he stepped on a mine and was severely wounded in the resulting explosion. Although suffering intensely and bleeding profusely, he shouted orders that none of his comrades was to risk his life by entering the death-sown field to render first aid that might have saved his life. In making the supreme sacrifice, Pvt. demonstrated a concern for the well-being of his fellow soldiers that transcended all considerations for his own safety and a gallantry in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service.

Private, U.S. Army, Medical Detachment, 304th Infantry, 76th Infantry Division.
Place and Date Near Mulheim, Germany, 18 March 1945.
Entered Service at: Indianapolis, Ind.
G.O. No.: 21, 26 February 1946.
   
Comments/Citation
Pvt. McGee was inducted on 11 December 1942 in Indianapolis.   He completed basic training at Camp Howza, Texas and  medical tech training at Camp Bowie, Texas.  He arrived in Bournemouth, England on 23 February 1944.  He served in the campaigns of Normandy, Ardennes-Alsace, and Rhineland.

He served with Medical Detachmen , K Company, 304th Infantry Battalion, 76th Infantry Division, "Onaway".

He was killed after making the night crossing of the Moselle River, when his unit encountered the anti-personnel mine field left by the retreating Germans. Upon entering that mine field to assit wouded men, he was severely wounded by mines, and subsequently died of those wounds. His death occurred in Bernkastel-Wittlicher Landkreis, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.

His Medal of Honor was presented to his wife, Ruth McGee, of Indianapolis.

He was interred in Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial, Hamm, Luxembourg, Luxembourg.
   
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