William E. Southard

William E. Southard

Garland, Penobscot County, Maine, USA
Death 19 Dec 1965 (aged 89)
Chelsea, Kennebec County, Maine, USA
Burial Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine, USA
Memorial ID 35789412 · View Source
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Served during World War I in the 103rd Inf. 26th Div.
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The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Major (Infantry) William E. Southard, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 103d Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F., near Torcy, France, 18 July 1918. Immediately after an enemy barrage was laid down on his assaulting line, Major Southard pushed forward through the halting ranks and, calling on his men to follow, advanced at double time to the storming of Torcy, attaining his objective. He then organized the defense of the town, supervising the work under hazardous artillery, machine-gun, and sniper fire. During the attack, Major Southard's forces suffered heavily from casualties, yet he resolutely held his position for two days, after which he was wounded while leading in assault upon the heights beyond Belleau.
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  • Find a Grave Memorial 35789412
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William E. Southard (27 Apr 1876–19 Dec 1965), Find a Grave Memorial no. 35789412, citing Pine Grove Cemetery, Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine, USA ; Maintained by Dale & Patti (contributor 46937639) .