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Douglas Bernard Fournet

  • Birth 7 May 1943 Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, USA
  • Death 4 May 1968 Vietnam
  • Burial Kinder, Allen Parish, Louisiana, USA
  • Plot Section F
  • Memorial ID 6020258

Vietnam Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served in the United States Army during the War in Vietnam as a First Lieutenant in Company B, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at A Shau Valley in the Republic of Vietnam on May 4, 1968. His citation reads "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. 1st Lt. Fournet, Infantry, distinguished himself in action while serving as rifle platoon leader of the 2d Platoon, Company B. While advancing uphill against fortified enemy positions in the A Shau Valley, the platoon encountered intense sniper fire, making movement very difficult. The right flank man suddenly discovered an enemy claymore mine covering the route of advance and shouted a warning to his comrades. Realizing that the enemy would also be alerted, 1st Lt. Fournet ordered his men to take cover and ran uphill toward the mine, drawing a sheath knife as he approached it. With complete disregard for his safety and realizing the imminent danger to members of his command, he used his body as a shield in front of the mine as he attempted to slash the control wires leading from the enemy positions to the mine. As he reached for the wire the mine was detonated, killing him instantly. 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. His gallantry and willing self-sacrifice are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army". His Medal was posthumously presented to his family at the White House by President Richard M. Nixon on April 7, 1970. His name can be found on the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC on Panel 54E, Line 033.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Douglas Bernard Fournet (7 May 1943–4 May 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6020258, citing Kinder McRill Memorial Cemetery, Kinder, Allen Parish, Louisiana, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .