"1ST LT WILLIAM T. CALHOUN"
Headquarters, XI Corps
General Orders No. 13
12 March, 1945
LIEUTENANT WILLIAM T. CALHOUN, 01298821, Infantry, United States Army.
For heroic achievement in connection with military operations against
the enemy at Corregidor, Philippine Islands, on 22 February 1945. On the
morning of 22 February 1945, Lieutenant Calhoun was leading his platoon
in a line of skirmishers down a wide ravine combing out snipers, when
his unit suddenly came under intense rifle and machine gun fire from
three mutually supporting caves. He called for the mortars to come
forward. Lieutenant Calhoun saw that the mortar squad was approaching
down the steep ravine to get to him, and that the ravine was a fire lane
for an enemy light machine gun. Although the man on his right only a few
feet away had been killed, and the man on his left had been seriously
wounded by shot gun fire from one of the caves, with complete disregard
for his own personal safety, he sprang up, and with the enemy fire
spraying dirt all about him, succeeded in running up the exposed fire
lane and prevented the mortarmen from walking into a death trap. Lt
Calhoun is demonstration of superb leadership and his heroic and
courageous action were an inspiration to his comrades. Home address:
Mrs. Sarah J. Calhoun, (wife), Box 397, Goreman, Texas.