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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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.
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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