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Ernest Calvin Williams

Birthdate: (52)
Birthplace: Broadwell, Illinois, United States
Death: July 31, 1940 (52)
Place of Burial: Indianola, Vermilion, Illinois, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Buchanan Williams and Annie B. Williams
Husband of Frieda Williams
Brother of Lulu Hazel Cook and Genevieve Williams

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About Ernest C. Williams, Medal of Honor

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)

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Ernest C. Williams, Medal of Honor's Timeline

August 2, 1887
Broadwell, Illinois, United States
July 31, 1940
Age 52
Indianola, Vermilion, Illinois, United States