Ernest Calvin Williams

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Calvin Williams
Born (1887-08-02)August 2, 1887
Broadwell, Illinois
Died July 31, 1940(1940-07-31) (aged 52)
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the United States Marine Corps.svg United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1907 - 1921
Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Battles/wars Occupation of the Dominican Republic
* Battle of San Francisco de Macoris
World War I
Awards Medal of Honor
Navy Cross

Ernest Calvin Williams (August 2, 1887 in Broadwell, Illinois – July 31, 1940) was a United States Marine Corps officer who received the Medal of Honor for his actions on November 29, 1916 during the Battle of San Francisco de Macoris which was part of the U.S. occupation of the Dominican Republic. He was later awarded the Navy Cross.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: August 2, 1887, Broadwell, Ill. Accredited to: Illinois. G.O. No.: 289, April 27, 1917. Other Navy award: Navy Cross.

Citation:

In action against hostile forces at San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic, 29 November 1916. With only a dozen men available, First Lieutenant Williams rushed the gate of the fortress. With eight of his party wounded by rifle fire of the defenders, he pressed on with four remaining men, threw himself against the door just as it was being closed by the Dominicans and forced an entry. Despite a narrow escape from death at the hands of a rifleman, he and his men disposed of the guards and within a few minutes had gained control of the fort and the hundred prisoners confined there.[1]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ G.O. Navy Department, No. 289, April 27, 1917.

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