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First Name: William

Last Name: Bourland

Birthplace: Valley Springs, TX, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Rocksprings, TX
Middle Name: F.

Date of Birth: 02 November 1889

Date of Death: 09 October 1918

Rank: Captain

Years Served: 1917-1918
William F. Bourland

•  World War I (1914 - 1918)


William F. Bourland

Captain, U. S. Army

Distinguished Service Cross

War Department, General Orders No. 27 (1919)
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant (Corps of Engineers) William P. Bourland, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company C, 1st Engineers, 1st Division, A.E.F., near Verdun, France, October 8 - 9, 1918.
On 8 October leading his company to the assault of a hill, First Lieutenant Bourland captured many prisoners and machine guns. On 9 October while defending the hill, the enemy launched a counterattack of greatly superior numbers, but, in the face of great danger, Lieutenant Bourland proceeded to an outpost, and by skillful direction he contributed greatly to the successful defense of the hill. He was killed while in command at this outpost.

Citation 1 January 1920 in General Order No.1 by Command 1st Infantry Division.

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Texas WWI Exceptional Gallantry

Honoree ID: 316062   Created by: drjones46




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