1st Cav LZBravo
Photos of Company B, 1/7 Cavalry in Vietnam

In memory and honor of
Lt. Douglas B. Fournet
Posthumously awarded Medal of Honor, 4 May 1968
Photo Photo
There were only 241 recipients of the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War. Lt. Douglas B. Fournet, born in Lake Charles, Louisiana on 7 May 1943, is the only member of B Company to receive this decoration. As the citation below describes, his selfless act cost him his own life so that others might live. It is hoped that this small tribute will honor his memory and sacrifice and help insure that he is not forgotten. Thanks to Bill Fournet for the photos of his father.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. 1st Lt. Fournet, Infantry, distinguished himself in action while serving as rifle platoon leader of the 2nd 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, 1st Lt. 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. 5 men nearest the mine were slightly wounded, but 1st Lt. 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 U.S. Army.
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