buy prednisone for ferrets William A. McWhorter was born on December 7, 1918 in Liberty, South Carolina. His enlistment record doesn’t appear in the records held by the National Archives, so we don’t know when his wartime service in the United States Army began.
buy modafinil paypal australia Regardless, on December 5, 1944 he was serving as a Private First Class and machine gunner in Company M, 3rd Battalion, 126th Infantry Regiment and was engaged in combat against the Japanese as part of the 32nd Infantry Division on the Philippine island of Leyte.
During a Japanese counter-attack, an enemy soldier flung an explosive device into the position McWhorter occupied. He selflessly smothered the explosive with his own body to shield his fellow soldiers and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his incredible sacrificial courage.
*McWHORTER, WILLIAM A.
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company M, 126th Infantry, 32d Infantry Division. Place and date: Leyte, Philippine Islands, 5 December 1944. Entered service at: Liberty, S.C. G.O. No.: 82, 27 September 1945
Citation: He displayed gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in operations against the enemy. Pfc. McWhorter, a machine gunner, was emplaced in a defensive position with 1 assistant when the enemy launched a heavy attack. Manning the gun and opening fire, he killed several members of an advancing demolition squad, when 1 of the enemy succeeded in throwing a fused demolition charge in the entrenchment. Without hesitation and with complete disregard for his own safety, Pfc. McWhorter picked up the improvised grenade and deliberately held it close to his body, bending over and turning away from his companion. The charge exploded, killing him instantly, but leaving his assistant unharmed. Pfc. McWhorter’s outstanding heroism and supreme sacrifice in shielding a comrade reflect the highest traditions of the military service.
He was killed just two days shy of his twenty-sixth birthday. William McWhorter’s remains were returned home following the end of the war and he was laid to rest in the West View Cemetery in his hometown of Liberty.
3rd Battalion, 126th Infantry is presently inactive. The lineage of the 32nd Infantry Division is carried by the present-day 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, a formation of the Wisconsin Army National Guard.