Junior J. Spurrier
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|Junior James Spurrier|
December 14, 1922|
Russell County, Virginia
|Died||February 25, 1984
|Place of burial||Mountain Home National Cemetery, Johnson City, Tennessee|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1940 - 1951|
|Unit||134th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards||Medal of Honor
Distinguished Service Cross
James I. Spurrier, Jr. was born on December 14, 1922, in Russell County, Virginia/Russell County, Virginia. In September 1940, he enlisted in the Army. Spurrier filled his name in the wrong blanks, so he became "Junior J. Spurrier" to the Army. Near Lay St. Christopher, France, he earned the Distinguished Service Cross. He had spearheaded an assault on a stubbornly defended hill position. On a tank destroyer, he used a .50-caliber machine gun to kill over 12 Germans and captured 22 others. He climbed down to personally blow up bunkers with rifle fire and grenades.
On November 13, 1944, while serving as a Staff Sergeant with Company G, 134th Infantry, 35th Infantry Division, Spurrier fought Germans in Achain, Moselle, France. Repeatedly, Spurrier wandered into the command post with prisoners, replenished his ammo, then slipped out the door. Junior J. Spurrier earned the Medal of Honor for nearly single-handedly capturing the village of Achain that day. He received the Medal of Honor on March 6, 1945 from Lt. Gen. William Hood Simpson.
Spurrier had a very turbulent life after the war. He had a severe problem with alcohol, was discharged from the Army in 1951, and served two jail sentences.
He is buried in Mountain Home National Cemetery, Johnson City, Tennessee.
On Dec. 02 2011, Spurriers Medal Of Honor was returned to his family after being located by Chief Craig Corkrean, in a safe belonging to his father.
Medal of Honor citation
Staff Sergeant Spurrier's official Medal of Honor citation reads:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy at Achain, France, on 13 November 1944. At 2 p.m., Company G attacked the village of Achain from the east. S/Sgt. Spurrier armed with a BAR passed around the village and advanced alone. Attacking from the west, he immediately killed 3 Germans. From this time until dark, S/Sgt. Spurrier, using at different times his BAR and Ml rifle, American and German rocket launchers, a German automatic pistol, and handgrenades, continued his solitary attack against the enemy regardless of all types of small-arms and automatic-weapons fire. As a result of his heroic actions he killed an officer and 24 enlisted men and captured 2 officers and 2 enlisted men. His valor has shed fresh honor on the U.S. Armed Forces.
- "Medal of Honor Recipients - World War II (M-S)". U.S. Army Center of Military History. U.S. Army. Retrieved 10/3/2011.