BOURLAND, WILLIAM P.
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.
BOURLAND, WM P
- CAPT C 1ST ENG 1ST DIV WORLD WAR TEXAS
- DATE OF DEATH: 10/09/1918
- BURIED AT: SECTION SOUTH SITE LOT 4098
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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