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DOUGLAS BERNARD FOURNET


is honored on Panel 54E, Line 33 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Medal of Honor

    Posted on 5/4/17 - by A Grateful Vietnam Veteran
    Douglas Bernard Fournet
    Date of birth: May 7, 1943
    Date of death: May 4, 1968
    Burial location: Kinder, Louisiana
    Place of Birth: Louisiana, Lake Charles
    Home of record: New Orleans Louisiana
    Status: KIA

    AWARDS AND CITATIONS

    Medal of Honor

    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Douglas Bernard Fournet (ASN: 0-5338988), United States Army (Reserve), for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), in action against enemy aggressor forces in the A Shau Valley, Republic of Vietnam, on 4 May 1968. First Lieutenant 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, First Lieutenant 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 First Lieutenant 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 United States Army.

    General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 18 (April 23, 1970)

    Action Date: 4-May-68

    Service: Army

    Rank: First Lieutenant

    Company: Company B

    Battalion: 1st Battalion

    Regiment: 7th Cavalry Regiment

    Division: 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile)
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  • 1LT Douglas B. Fournet

    Posted on 2/18/17 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    1LT Douglas B. Fournet
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  • Peace with Honor

    Posted on 3/21/16 - by Bob Ahles, Vietnam Vet, St. Cloud, MN
    You were one of the brave that answered the call. You honored us by your service and sacrifice. We now honor you each time we stand and sing the words “THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE”. Rest in Peace and Honor Douglas.
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 5/6/14 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear 1LT Douglas Bernard Fournet, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • Photo

    Posted on 2/18/11
    Rest in peace with the warriors.
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