The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, SGT William Grant Fournier, who died in the service of his country on January 10th, 1943 in vic. Mount Austen, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. The cause of death was listed as KIA. At the time of his death William was 29 years of age. He was from Norwitch, Connecticut.
The decorations earned by SGT William Grant Fournier include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Medal of Honor, the Purple Heart, the Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.
MEDAL OF HONOR
General Order No. 28, 5 June 1943.
Citation: For gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty. As leader of a machinegun section charged with the protection of other battalion units, his group was attacked by a superior number of Japanese, his gunner killed, his assistant gunner wounded, and an adjoining guncrew put out of action. Ordered to withdraw from this hazardous position, Sgt. Fournier refused to retire but rushed forward to the idle gun and, with the aid of another soldier who joined him, held up the machinegun by the tripod to increase its field action. They opened fire and inflicted heavy casualties upon the enemy. While so engaged both these gallant soldiers were killed, but their sturdy defensive was a decisive factor in the following success of the attacking battalion.
William is buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Section C. Grave 462.