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Willy F James, JR, SSG

Birthdate: (25)
Birthplace: Kansas City, MO, United States
Death: April 8, 1945 (25)
Lippoldsberg, Germany (KIA near Lippoldsberg, Germany)
Place of Burial: Margraten, Netherlands
Occupation: 104th Infantry Division (United States)
Managed by: Ashley Odell
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About Willy F James, JR, SSG

Willy F. James, Jr. (March 18, 1920 - April 8, 1945) was a United States Army private first class who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during World War II. He was one of seven African-American soldiers who were belatedly awarded the Medal of Honor by President Bill Clinton on January 13, 1997.

Medal of Honor citation

For extraordinary heroism on April 7, 1945, near Lippoldsberg, Germany. As lead scout during a maneuver, Pvt. James was the first to draw enemy fire. He was pinned down for over an hour, during which time he observed enemy positions In detail. Returning to his platoon, he assisted in working out a new plan of maneuver. He then led a squad in the assault, accurately designating targets as he advanced, until he was killed by enemy machine gun fire while going to the aid of his fatally wounded platoon leader.

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Willy F James, JR, SSG's Timeline

March 18, 1920
Kansas City, MO, United States
April 8, 1945
Age 25
Lippoldsberg, Germany
Margraten, Netherlands