Harold L. Turner
|Harold Leo Turner|
Harold L. Turner, Medal of Honor recipient
May 5, 1898|
|Died||March 12, 1938(aged 39)|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Unit||Company F, 142nd Infantry, 36th Division|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Medal of Honor citation
Rank and Organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, Company F, 142d Infantry, 36th Division. Place and Date: Near St. Etienne, France, 8 October 1918. Entered Service At: Seminole, Okla. Born: 5 May 1898, Aurora, Mo. G. O. No.: 59, W.D., 1919.
After his platoon had started the attack Cpl. Turner assisted in organizing a platoon consisting of the battalion scouts, runners, and a detachment of Signal Corps. As second in command of this platoon he fearlessly led them forward through heavy enemy fire, continually encouraging the men. Later he encountered deadly machinegun fire which reduced the strength of his command to but 4 men, and these were obliged to take shelter. The enemy machinegun emplacement, 25 yards distant, kept up a continual fire from 4 machineguns. After the fire had shifted momentarily, Cpl. Turner rushed forward with fixed bayonet and charged the position alone capturing the strong point with a complement of 50 Germans and 1 machineguns. His remarkable display of courage and fearlessness was instrumental in destroying the strong point, the fire from which had blocked the advance of his company.
- "Home of heroes". Retrieved September 29, 2010.