Rank and organization:   Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company G, 134th Infantry,
35th Infantry Division.
Place and Date:
Achain, France, 13 November 1944.
Entered service at:   Riggs, Ky.
Birth:   Russell County, Ky.
G.O. No.: 18,
15 March 1945.
Citation:   For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk
of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy
at Achain, France, on 13 November 1944. At 2 p.m., Company G attacked the
village of Achain from the east. S/Sgt. Spurrier armed with a BAR passed
around the village and advanced alone. Attacking from the west, he immediately
killed 3 Germans. From this time until dark, S/Sgt. Spurrier, using at
different times his BAR and Ml rifle, American and German rocket launchers,
a German automatic pistol, and handgrenades, continued his solitary attack
against the enemy regardless of all types of small-arms and automatic-weapons
fire. As a result of his heroic actions he killed an officer and 24 enlisted
men and captured 2 officers and 2 enlisted men. His valor has shed fresh
honor on the U.S. Armed Forces.
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)