1stLtERNESTC.WILLIAMS Medal of Honor 1917 Dominican Republic
MEDAL OF HONOR
WILLIAMS, Ernest Calvin
1st Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
G.O. Navy Department, No. 289
April 27, 1917
In action against hostile forces at San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic, 29 November 1916. With only a dozen men available, First Lieutenant Williams rushed the gate of the fortress. With eight of his party wounded by rifle fire of the defenders, he pressed on with four remaining men, threw himself against the door just as it was being closed by the Dominicans and forced an entry. Despite a narrow escape from death at the hands of a rifleman, he and his men disposed of the guards and within a few minutes had gained control of the fort and the hundred prisoners confined there.