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William Sawelson

312th Infantry Regiment, 78th Infantry Division

Supply Sergeant, U.S. Army

Entered the Service from:

New Jersey



Grave Location:

Plot C, Row 9, Grave 33

Supply Sgt. William Sawelson was born in Newark, New Jersey on August 5, 1895. He served as a Supply Sergeant in the 78th Division.

Upon hearing someone call out for water, Sawelson left shelter and crawled through heavy machinegun fire to help. He gave the wounded soldier the rest of the water from his canteen and then went back to collect more. On his way back to the man for a second time he was shot with a machinegun bullet and died. He received the posthumous Medal of Honor for valor in combat, which was awarded to his father Jacob L. Sawelson.

Sawelson is one of 268 Jews buried under the Star of David in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery.

Awards: Medal of Honor and Italian Croix de Guerre

Medal of Honor

William Sawelson is buried in Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Plot C, Row 9, Grave 33.