About Ernest Calvin Williams
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to First Lieutenant Ernest Calvin Williams (MCSN: 0-1239), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the Marine Expeditionary Force (Dominican Republic) in action against hostile forces at San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic, 29 November 1916. With only a dozen men available, First Lieutenant Williams rushed the gate of the fortress. With eight of his party wounded by rifle fire of the defenders, he pressed on with the four remaining men, threw himself against the door just as it was being closed by the Dominicans and forced an entry. Despite a narrow escape from death at the hands of a rifleman, he and his men disposed of the guards and within a few minutes had gained control of the fort and the hundred prisoners confined there.
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 289 (April 27, 1917)
Action Date: 29-Nov-16
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: First Lieutenant
Division: Marine Expeditionary Force (Dominican Republic)