The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and Organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army,
Company M, 312th Infantry, 78th Division. 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.
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.