William P. Bourland
First Lieutenant, United States Army
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Home: Rock Springs, Texas
Company C, 1st Engineers, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 8 - 9, 1918
General Orders No. 27, W.D., 1919
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William P. Bourland, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Verdun, France, October 8 - 9, 1918.
On October 8, leading his company to the assault
of a hill, First Lieutenant Bourland captured many prisoners and machine
guns. On October 9, while defending the hill, the enemy launched a counterattack
of greatly superior numbers, but, in the face of great danger, Lieutenant
Bourland proceeded to an outpost, and by skillful direction he contributed
greatly to the successful defense of the hill. He was killed while in command
at this outpost.