The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*WILSON, ALFRED L.
Rank and Organization: Technician Fifth Grade, U.S.
Army, Medical Detachment, 328th Infantry, 26th Infantry Division. Place and Date
Near Bezange la Petite, France, 8 November 1944. Entered Service at: Fairchance,
Pa. Birth: Fairchance, Pa. G.O. No.: 47, 18 June 1945.
He volunteered to assist as an aid man a company other than his own, which was suffering
casualties from constant artillery fire. He administered to the wounded and returned to
his own company when a shellburst injured a number of its men. While treating his comrades
he was seriously wounded, but refused to be evacuated by litter bearers sent to relieve
him. In spite of great pain and loss of blood, he continued to administer first aid until
he was too weak to stand. Crawling from 1 patient to another, he continued his work until
excessive loss of blood prevented him from moving. He then verbally directed unskilled
enlisted men in continuing the first aid for the wounded. Still refusing assistance
himself, he remained to instruct others in dressing the wounds of his comrades until he
was unable to speak above a whisper and finally lapsed into unconsciousness. The effects
of his injury later caused his death. By steadfastly remaining at the scene without regard
for his own safety, Cpl. Wilson through distinguished devotion to duty and personal
sacrifice helped to save the lives of at least 10 wounded men.