The President of the United States of America awarded in the name of Congress the Medal of Honor to PRIVATE WILLIAM D. McGEE United States Army for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty
Private William D. McGee, Medical Aidman, Medical Detachment, 304th Infantry, 76th Infantry Division, distinguished himself near Mulheim, Germany, on 18 March 1945. He made a night crossing of the Moselle River endeavoring to capture the town of Mulheim. The enemy had retreated in the sector where the assaust boats landed, but had left the shore heavily strewn with antipersonnel mines. Two men of the first wave, attempting to work their way forward, detonated mines which wounded them seriously, leaving them bleeding and in great pain beyond the reach of their comrades. Entirely on his own initiative, Private McGee entered the mine field, brought out one of the injured to comparative safety, and had returned to rescue the second victim, when he stepped on a mine and was severly wounded in the resulting explosion. Although suffering intensely and bleeding profusely, he shouted orders that none of his comrades was to risk his life by entering the death-sown field to render first aid that might have saved his life. In making the supreme sacrifice, Private McGee demonstrated a concern for the well-being of his fellow soldiers that transcended all consideration for his own safety and a gallantry in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service.