Medal of Honor

 

 

FOUS, JAMES W. *

 

Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company E, 4th Battalion, 47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division

 

Place and date: Kien Hoa Province, Republic of Vietnam, 14 May 1968

 

Entered service at: Omaha, Nebraska

 

Born: 14 October 1946, Omaha, Nebraska

 

Citation:

 

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Pfc. Fous distinguished himself at the risk of his life while serving as a rifleman with Company E. Pfc. Fous was participating in a reconnaissance-in-force mission when his unit formed its perimeter defense for the night. Pfc. Fous, together with 3 other American soldiers, occupied a position in a thickly vegetated area facing a woodline. Pfc. Fous detected 3 Viet Cong maneuvering toward his position and, after alerting the other men, directed accurate fire upon the enemy soldiers, silencing 2 of them. The third Viet Cong soldier managed to escape in the thick vegetation after throwing a hand grenade into Pfc. Fous' position. Without hesitation, Pfc. Fous shouted a warning to his comrades and leaped upon the lethal explosive, absorbing the blast with his body to save the lives of the 3 Men in the area at the sacrifice of his life. Pfc. Fous' extraordinary heroism at the cost of his life were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.

 


 --- General / Personal ---

 

Last name: FOUS

First name: JAMES WILLIAM

Home of Record (official): OMAHA

State (official): NE

Date of Birth: Monday, October 14, 1946

Sex: Male

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Single

 

--- Military ---

 

Branch: Army

Rank: PFC

Serial Number: 56544225

Component: Selective Service

Pay grade: E3

MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 11B10

 

--- Action ---

 

Start of Tour: Tuesday, April 23, 1968

Date of Casualty: Tuesday, May 14, 1968

Age at time of loss: 21

Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died

Reason: Multiple fragmentation wounds (Ground casualty)

Country: South VietNam

Province: Kien Hoa

The Wall: Panel 60E - Row 011



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