Freddie Stowers Essay

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SOUTH CAROLINA STOWERS, FREDDIE (World War I 1918) Rank: Corporal Service: U.S. Army Birthday: 1896 Place of Birth: Sandy Springs, Anderson County, South Carolina Date of Death: 28 September 1918 Place of Death: Champagne Marne Sector, France Cemetery: A.B.M.C. Meuse-Argonne Cemetery--Meuse, France Entered Service at: Anderson County, South Carolina Unit: Company C, 371st Infantry Regiment, 93rd Division Served as: Squad Leader Battle or Place of Action: Hill 188, Champagne Marne Sector, France Date of Action: 28 September 1918 Date of Presentation: 24 April 1991 Place of Presentation: President George Bush presented this citation to Lawson’s sisters: "Cpl. Freddie Stowers distinguished himself by exceptional heroism on 28 September 1918 while serving as a squad leader in Company C, 371st Infantry Regiment, 93rd Infantry Division. His company was the lead company during the attack on Hill 188, Champagne Marne Sector, France, during World War I. A few minutes after the attack began, the enemy ceased firing and began climbing up onto the parapets of the trenches, holding up their arms as if wishing to surrender. The enemy’s actions caused the American forces to ceasefire and to come out into the open. As the company started forward and when within about 100 meters of the trench line, the enemy jumped back into their trenches and greeted Cpl. Stowers’ company with interlocking bands of machine-gun fire and mortar fire causing well over fifty percent casualties. Faced with incredible enemy resistance, Cpl. Stowers took charge, setting such a courageous example of bravery and leadership that he inspired his men to follow him in the attack. With extraordinary heroism and complete disregard of personal danger under devastating fire, he crawled forward, leading his squad toward an enemy machine-gun nest which was causing heavy casualties to his

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