The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*SAYERS, FOSTER J.
Rank and Organization: Private First Class, U.S.
Army, Company L, 357th Infantry, 90th Infantry Division. Place and Date: Near
Thionville, France, 12 November 1944. Entered Service at: Howard, Pa. Birth:
Marsh Creek, Pa. G.O. No.: 89, 19 October 1945.
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.