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Private First Class William L. Powers, Jr.
Class of 2005

Army Silver Star

United States Army


WILLIAM L. POWERS, JR., 15300213, Private First Class, Army of the United States. For gallantry in action. On 9 November 1942, PFC Powers volunteered as a driver in a convoy of seven trucks for a trip of twenty miles in the vicinity of ______ Algeria, departing at 0200 hours on 9 November 1942. The convoy was halted twice by enemy artillery and rifle fire. Two of the trucks were struck and had to be abandoned. Allied patrols advised turning back, but the convoy continued. About five miles east of _____, the trucks were stopped again, bitter fighting was still going on in the town, making passage by the main road impossible. The trip was continued by a circuitous route of back roads and mud trails. In the town of ______, snipers were again present, but the trucks pushed through, reaching their destination at about 0800 hours, 9 November 1942. Three round trips were made under similar conditions by the same crew, without sleep for thirty-six hours. By this act of gallantry, PFC Powers helped keep a salient Air Base supplied with the necessary materials thereby keeping our Aircraft in the air. The courage displayed by PFC Powers reflects great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States. Residence: London, Ohio.

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