The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
VILLEPIGUE, JOHN C.
Rank and Organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, Company
M, 118th Infantry, 30th Division. Place and Date: At Vaux-Andigny, France, 15
October 1918. Entered Service At: Camden, S.C. Born: 29 March 1896, Camden,
S.C. G. O. No.: 16, W.D., 1919.
Having been sent out with 2 other soldiers to scout through the village of Vaux-Andigny,
he met with strong resistance from enemy machinegun fire, which killed 1 of his men and
wounded the other. Continuing his advance without aid 500 yards in advance of his platoon
and in the face of machinegun and artillery fire he encountered 4 of the enemy in a
dugout, whom he attacked and killed with a handgrenade. Crawling forward to a point 150
yards in advance of his first encounter, he rushed a machinegun nest, killing 4 and
capturing 6 of the enemy and taking 2 light machineguns. After being joined by his platoon
he was severely wounded in the arm.