The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*FOUS, JAMES W.
Rank and organization: Private First
Class, U.S. Army, Company E, 4th Battalion, 47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division. Place
and date: Kien Hoa Province, Republic of Vietnam, 14 May 1968. Entered service at:
Omaha, Nebr. Born: 14 October 1946, Omaha, Nebr.
For conspicuous gallantry and
intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Pfc. Fous
distinguished himself at the risk of his life while serving as a rifleman with Company E.
Pfc. Fous was participating in a reconnaissance-in-force mission when his unit formed its
perimeter defense for the night. Pfc. Fous, together with 3 other American soldiers,
occupied a position in a thickly vegetated area facing a woodline. Pfc. Fous detected 3
Viet Cong maneuvering toward his position and, after alerting the other men, directed
accurate fire upon the enemy soldiers, silencing 2 of them. The third Viet Cong soldier
managed to escape in the thick vegetation after throwing a hand grenade into Pfc. Fous'
position. Without hesitation, Pfc. Fous shouted a warning to his comrades and leaped upon
the lethal explosive, absorbing the blast with his body to save the lives of the 3 men in
the area at the sacrifice of his life. Pfc. Fous' extraordinary heroism at the cost of his
life were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great
credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.