|Private First Class William L.
|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.