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First Name: William

Last Name: Worthen

Birthplace: Scottsboro, AL, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Sunset, TX
Middle Name: A.

Date of Birth: 02 September 1895

Date of Death: 13 February 1976

Rank: Private First Class

Years Served: 1917-1919
William Albert Worthen

•  World War I (1914 - 1918)


William Albert Worthen

Mechanic, U. S. Army

Distinguished Service Cross

War Department, General Orders No. 46 (1919)
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Mechanic William A. Worthen, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company M, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Division, A.E.F., near Tuilerie Farm, France, 3 October 1918, and at Mouzon, France, 7 November 1918.
On October 3 Mechanic Worthen was assigned to duty as a runner after he had requested to go into action with his company instead of remaining in the rear. He showed exceptional bravery while carrying messages through heavy machine-gun and artillery fire, and on November 7 he maintained communication with battalion headquarters when the enemy were endeavoring to cut off his company by machine-gun and shell fire.

On 20 March 1919 awarded the French Croix de Guerre with silver star.

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Texas WWI Exceptional Gallantry

Honoree ID: 315891   Created by: drjones46




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