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Vietnam Medal of Honor Winner Remembered by his Hometown

By ACFEI Staff2, CHS-III      ( 0 ) Comments   |   Published On Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Vietnam Medal of Honor Winner Remembered by his Hometown

CBS NEWS Reports:

In May 1968, Douglas Fournet's U.S. Army platoon was under sniper fire as it advanced uphill in Vietnam's A Shau Valley.

When the right flank man discovered a mine in front of them, Fournet ordered his men to take cover. Drawing his knife, he ran forward and, using his body as a shield, tried to slash its control wires.

But the mine denoted and the first lieutenant from Lakes Charles, La., was killed instantly.

Fournet was 24.

Two years later, President Richard Nixon awarded him the Medal of Honor posthumously in a ceremony at the White House.

"Five men nearest the mine were slightly wounded, but 1st Lt. Fournet's heroic and unselfish act spared his men of serious injury or death," the citation reads.

His hometown has never forgotten his bravery, Lake Charles' Mayor Randy Roach said. This Saturday, 45 years after his death, it will unveil a statue of him in its Veterans Memorial Park.

"We remembered," Roach said. "We honor that memory, we honor their memory and their sacrifice as a family by doing what we're doing. And so it gives us a great deal of comfort knowing that it's something that's meaningful to the family."

Fournet's brother, Rocke, was 17 when he was killed.

"When 'Nam happened it was a ... different time," Rocke Fournet said. "He heard the call. He enlisted and was going to do his best over...

Read More at: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-35277_162-57610784/vietnam-medal-of-honor-winner-remembered-by-his-hometown/



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