Sergeant Willie Sandlin, U.S. Army, Medal of Honor Recipient

Sandlin of Company A, 132nd Infantry, 33rd Division was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at Bois-de-Forges, France on September 26, 1918.


He showed conspicuous gallantry in action by advancing alone directly on a machinegun nest which was holding up the line with its fire. He killed the crew with a grenade and enabled the line to advance. Later in the day he attacked alone and put out of action 2 other machinegun nests, setting a splendid example of bravery and coolness to his men.

Willie Sandlin (Left) and Samuel Woodfill (right) Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division