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Samuel M. Sampler
Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, Company H, 142nd Infantry, 36th Division. Place and Date: Near St. Etienne, France, 8 October 1918.

Citation: His Company having suffered sever casualties during an advance under machinegun fire, was finally stopped. Cpl. Sampler detected the position of the enemy machineguns on an elevation. Armed with German hand grenades, which he had picked up, he left the line and rushed forward in the face of heavy fire until he was near the hostile nest, where he grenaded the position. His third grenade landed among the enemy, killing 2 Germans, silencing the machineguns, and causing the surrender of 28 Germans, whom he sent to the rear as prisoners. As a result of his act the company was immediately enabled to resume the advance.



Harold L. Turner
Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, Company F, 142nd Infantry, 36th Division. Place and date: Near St. Etienne, France, 8 October 1918.

Citation: After his platoon had started the attack Cpl. Turner assisted in organizing the platoon consisting of the battalion scouts, runners, and a detachment of Signal Corps. As second in command of this platoon he fearlessly led them forward through heavy enemy fire, continually encouraging the men. Later he encountered deadly machinegun fire which reduced the strength of his command to 4 men, and these were obliged to take shelter. The enemy machinegun emplacement, 25 yards distant, kept up a continual fire from 4 machineguns. After the fire had shifted momentarily, Cpl Turner rushed forward with fixed bayonet and charged the positions alone, capturing the strong point with a complement of 50 Germans and 4 machineguns. His remarkable display of courage and fearlessness was instrumental in destroying the strong point, the fire from which had blocked the advance of his company.