November 13, 1942 – This Day During World War ll – Junior James Spurrier Medal of Honor recipient

November 13, 1942 – Junior James Spurrier Medal of Honor (December 14, 1922 – February 25, 1984) recipient was a United States Army soldier who received the United States’ two highest military decorations for valor—the Medal of Honor and Distinguished Service Cross—for his heroic actions in World War II.

Staff Sergeant Spurrier’s official Medal of Honor citation

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy at Achain, France, on 13 November 1944. At 2 p.m., Company G attacked the village of Achain from the east. S/Sgt. Spurrier armed with a BAR passed around the village and advanced alone. Attacking from the west, he immediately killed 3 Germans. From this time until dark, S/Sgt. Spurrier, using at different times his BAR and M1 rifle, American and German rocket launchers, a German automatic pistol, and handgrenades, continued his solitary attack against the enemy regardless of all types of small-arms and automatic-weapons fire. As a result of his heroic actions he killed an officer and 24 enlisted men and captured 2 officers and 2 enlisted men. His valor has shed fresh honor on the U.S. Armed Forces.

Junior James Spurrier Medal of Honor recipient

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