WILLIAMS, LE ROY - Medal of Honor Recipient


Rank and organization:   Sergeant, Company G, 8th New York Heavy Artillery.
Place and date:   At Cold Harbor, Va., 3 June 1864.

Entered service at:   ?.

Birth:   Oswego, N.Y.

Date of issue:   1 April 1898.

Citation:   Voluntarily exposed himself to the fire of the enemy's sharpshooters and located the body of his colonel who had been killed close to the enemy's lines. Under cover of darkness, with 4 companions, he recovered the body and brought it within the Union lines, having approached within a few feet of the Confederate pickets while so engaged.

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)