Lieutenant William Bradford Turner

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Lieutenant William Bradford Turner

Birthdate: (26)
Birthplace: Dorchester, Massachusetts, United States
Death: September 27, 1918 (26) (KIA)
Place of Burial: Somme, Picardie Region, Bony Alsne, France
Immediate Family:

Son of Major William Henry Turner and Abigail A. Turner
Father of Bishop William Bradford Turner Hastings

Managed by: Shirley Marie Caulk
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About Lieutenant William Bradford Turner

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant (Infantry) William Bradford Turner, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 27 September 1918, while serving with Company M, 105th Infantry, 27th Division, in action at Ronssoy, France. Lieutenant Turner led a small group of men to the attack, under terrific artillery and machinegun fire, after they had become separated from the rest of the company in the darkness. Single-handed he rushed an enemy machinegun which had suddenly opened fire on his group and killed the crew with his pistol. He then pressed forward to another machinegun post 25 yards away and had killed one gunner himself by the time the remainder of his detachment arrived and put the gun out of action. With the utmost bravery he continued to lead his men over three lines of hostile trenches, cleaning up each one as they advanced, regardless of the fact that he had been wounded three times, and killed several of the enemy in hand-to-hand encounters. After his pistol ammunition was exhausted, this gallant officer seized the rifle of a dead soldier, bayoneted several members of a machinegun crew, and shot the other. Upon reaching the fourth-line trench, which was his objective, First Lieutenant Turner captured it with the nine men remaining in his group and resisted a hostile counterattack until he was finally surrounded and killed.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 81 (June 26, 1919)

Action Date: 27-Sep-18

Service: Army

Rank: First Lieutenant

Company: Company M

Regiment: 105th Infantry

Division: 27th Division

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Dorchester, Massachusetts, United States
September 27, 1918
Age 26
Somme, Picardie Region, Bony Alsne, France