DOUGLAS B. FOURNET *
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.
7 May 1943, Lake Charles,
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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