Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:
Brigadier General Rufus Saxton (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions from May 26-30, 1862, at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. His citation reads:
Distinguished gallantry and good conduct in the defense.
Private First Class Foster J. Sayers (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on November 12, 1944, near Thionville, France. His citation reads:
He displayed conspicuous gallantry above and beyond the call of duty in combat on 12 November 1944, near Thionville, France. During an attack on strong hostile forces entrenched on a hill he fearlessly ran up the steep approach toward his objective and set up his machinegun 20 yards from the enemy. Realizing it would be necessary to attract full attention of the dug-in Germans while his company crossed an open area and flanked the enemy, he picked up his gun, charged through withering machinegun and rifle fire to the very edge of the emplacement, and there killed 12 German soldiers with devastating close-range fire. He took up a position behind a log and engaged the hostile infantry from the flank in an heroic attempt to distract their attention while his comrades attained their objective at the crest of the hill. He was killed by the very heavy concentration of return fire; but his fearless assault enabled his company to sweep the hill with minimum of casualties, killing or capturing every enemy soldier on it. Pfc. Sayers' indomitable fighting spirit, aggressiveness, and supreme devotion to duty live on as an example of the highest traditions of the military service.
Pilot Patrick Scanlan (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 24, 1864, at the Ashepoo River, South Carolina. His citation reads:
Volunteered as a member of a boat crew which went to the rescue of a large number of Union soldiers on board the stranded steamer Boston, and with great gallantry assisted in conveying them to shore, being exposed during the entire time to a heavy fire from a Confederate battery.
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