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First Name: Douglas

Last Name: Fournet

Birthplace: Lake Charles, LA, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: New Orleans, LA
Middle Name: Bernard

Date of Birth: 07 May 1943

Date of Death: 04 May 1968

Rank: First Lieutenant

Years Served: 1966 - 1968
Douglas Bernard Fournet

•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


Douglas Bernard Fournet
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Medal of Honor Recipient
Vietnam War

First Lieutenant Douglas Bernard Fournet (7 May 1943 - 4 May 1968) was a U.S. Army officer who was posthumously awarded the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his heroic actions in the Vietnam War.

Douglas Bernard Fournet was born on 7 May 1943, in Lake Charles, Louisiana. After high school, Fournet attended McNeese State University in that city.

Fournet joined the Army from New Orleans, Louisiana. On 4 May 1968, he was serving as a First Lieutenant in Company B, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). During a firefight that day, in the A Shau Valley of the Republic of Vietnam, Fournet was killed while attempting to disable an enemy Claymore mine. He shielded his fellow soldiers from the blast with his body, preventing serious wounds to everyone but himself. For his self-sacrifice he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. (His squadron leader, Bill Krahl, recovered his body, for which he was awarded a Bronze Star.)

Medal of Honor

Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. 1st Lt. Fournet, Infantry, distinguished himself in action while serving as rifle platoon leader of the 2d Platoon, Company B. While advancing uphill against fortified enemy positions in the A Shau Valley, the platoon encountered intense sniper fire, making movement very difficult. The right flank man suddenly discovered an enemy claymore mine covering the route of advance and shouted a warning to his comrades. Realizing that the enemy would also be alerted, 1st Lt. Fournet ordered his men to take cover and ran uphill toward the mine, drawing a sheath knife as he approached it. With complete disregard for his safety and realizing the imminent danger to members of his command, he used his body as a shield in front of the mine as he attempted to slash the control wires leading from the enemy positions to the mine. As he reached for the wire the mine was detonated, killing him instantly. Five men nearest the mine were slightly wounded, but 1st Lt. Fournet's heroic and unselfish act spared his men of serious injury or death. His gallantry and willing self-sacrifice are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.

First Lieutenant Douglas Bernard Fournet's Medal of Honor was presented to his family at the White House by President Richard M. Nixon on 7 April 1970.

Medals and Awards

Medal of Honor
Bronze Star
Purple Heart

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Douglas Bernard Fournet's name is inscribed on Panel 54E, Line 033.


• A portion of Interstate 210 which loops around Lake Charles was named the "Douglas Fournet Expressway" in the fall of 2001.

• On 3 July 2010, Douglas Fournet and four other Medal of Honor recipients with ties to Louisiana were inducted into the Louisiana Military Hall of Fame and Museum in Abbeville, Louisiana.

Death and Burial

First Lieutenant Douglas Bernard Fournet was killed in action three days before his 25th birthday. He is buried at McGrill Cemetery in Kinder, Louisiana, Section F.

He was survived by his wife Marilyn Grissett, who later remarried, and a son, Bill Fournet, who was born after his father's death.

Honoree ID: 950   Created by: MHOH




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