Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company M, 312th Infantry,
Place and date: At Grand-Pre, France, 26 October, 1918.
Entered service at: Harrison, N.J. Born: S August 1895, Newark, N.J. G.O.
No.: 16, W.D., 1919.
Citation: Hearing a wounded man in a shell hole some
distance away calling for water, Sgt. Sawelson, upon his own initiative,
left shelter and crawled through heavy machinegun fire to where the man
lay, giving him what water he had in his canteen. He then went back to
his own shell hole, obtained more water, and was returning to the wounded
man when he was killed by a machinegun bullet.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)