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Medal of Honor Roll Call: James C. Dozier

This officer, a son of South Carolina, was confronted by German machinegun fire, but it did not stop him.

 

This week, our Medal of Honor hero is from South Carolina. James G. Dozier earned his award in the Battle of Montbrehain, one of the very last actions of the First World War. After the war, Dozier came home to lead his state’s National Guard for 30 years.

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–RJL

 DOZIER

James C. Dozier

Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company G, 118th Infantry, 30th Division. Place and date: Near Montbrehain, France, October 8, 1918. Entered service at: Rock Hill, S.C. Born: February 17, 1885, Galivants Ferry, N.C. G.O. No.: 16, W.D., 1919.

Citation:

In command of 2 platoons, 1st. Lt. Dozier was painfully wounded in the shoulder early in the attack, but he continued to lead his men displaying the highest bravery and skill. When his command was held up by heavy machinegun fire, he disposed his men in the best cover available and with a soldier continued forward to attack a machinegun nest. Creeping up to the position in the face of intense fire, he killed the entire crew with handgrenades and his pistol and a little later captured a number of Germans who had taken refuge in a dugout nearby.

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Robert J. Laplander is a military historian and the the author of Finding the Lost Battalion and other works. You may see his endeavors at www.lulu.com/lostbattalion or: http://bit.ly/kUcnN2

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