The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
SAMPLER, SAMUEL M.
Rank and Organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, Company
H, 142d Infantry, 36th Division. Place and Date: Near St. Etienne, France, 8
October 1918. Entered Service At: Altus, Okla. Birth: Decatur, Tex. G. O.
No.: 59, W.D., 1919.
His company having suffered severe casualties during an advance under machinegun fire, was
finally stopped. Cpl. Sampler detected the position of the enemy machineguns on an
elevation. Armed with German handgrenades, which he had picked up, he left the line and
rushed forward in the face of heavy fire until he was near the hostile nest, where he
grenaded the position. His third grenade landed among the enemy, killing 2, silencing the
machineguns, and causing the surrender of 28 Germans, whom he sent to the rear as
prisoners. As a result of his act the company was immediately enabled to resume the