*STOCKHAM, FRED W.
Rank and organization: Gunnery Sergeant,
U.S. Marine Corps, 96th Company, 2d Battalion, 6th Regiment. Place and date: In
Bois-de-Belleau, France, 13-14 June 1918. Entered service at: New York, N.Y. Birth:
Detroit, Mich. G.O. NO.:--.
During an intense enemy bombardment
with high explosive and gas shells which wounded or killed many members of the company,
G/Sgt. Stockham, upon noticing that the gas mask of a wounded comrade was shot away,
without hesitation, removed his own gas mask and insisted upon giving it to the wounded
man, well knowing that the effects of the gas would be fatal to himself. He continued with
undaunted courage and valor to direct and assist in the evacuation of the wounded, until
he himself collapsed from the effects of gas, dying as a result thereof a few days later.
His courageous conduct undoubtedly saved the lives of many of his wounded comrades and his
conspicuous gallantry and spirit of self-sacrifice were a source of great inspiration to
all who served with him.