The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*McWHORTER, WILLIAM A.
Rank and Organization: Private First Class, U.S.
Army, Company M, 126th Infantry, 32d Infantry Division. Place and Date Leyte,
Philippine Islands, 5 December 1944. Entered Service at: Liberty, S.C. Birth:
Liberty, S.C. G.O. No.: 82, 27 September 1945.
He displayed gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call
of duty while engaged in operations against the enemy. Pfc. McWhorter, a machine gunner,
was emplaced in a defensive position with 1 assistant when the enemy launched a heavy
attack. Manning the gun and opening fire, he killed several members of an advancing
demolition squad, when 1 of the enemy succeeded in throwing a fused demolition charge in
the entrenchment. Without hesitation and with complete disregard for his own safety, Pfc.
McWhorter picked up the improvised grenade and deliberately held it close to his body,
bending over and turning away from his companion. The charge exploded, killing him
instantly, but leaving his assistant unharmed. Pfc. McWhorter's outstanding heroism and
supreme sacrifice in shielding a comrade reflect the highest traditions of the military