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George Watson
Birth: unknown
Birmingham
Jefferson County
Alabama, USA
Death: Mar. 8, 1943

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. George Watson joined the Army on September 1, 1942 as a member of the 2nd Battalion, 29th Quartermaster Regiment. On March 8, 1943 Watson was on-board a ship near New Guinea when it was attacked by Japanese bombers. The ship was badly damaged and everyone was ordered overboard. Rather than swimming to safety on one of the life boats, Watson remained in the water assisting others who were unable to swim reach safety. It is believed he drowned when he was unable to get clear of the turbulence when the ship went under the water. His body was never recovered. Shortly after his death he was awarded Distinguished Service Cross, becoming the first African-American to receive that honor in World War II. He was also awarded the Purple Heart. In 1997, after the reports of his actions were reevaluated, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by President William Clinton. The citation reads: "For extraordinary heroism in action on 8 March 1943. Private Watson was on board a ship which was attacked and hit by enemy bombers. When the ship was abandoned, Private Watson, instead of seeking to save himself, remained in the water assisting several soldiers who could not swim to reach the safety of the raft. This heroic action, which subsequently cost him his life, resulted in the saving of several of his comrades. Weakened by his exertions, he was dragged down by the suction of the sinking ship and was drowned. Private Watson's extraordinarily valorous actions, daring leadership, and self-sacrificing devotion to his fellow-man exemplify the finest traditions of military service." (bio by: Anne Cady) 
 
Burial:
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
Manila
Metro Manila
National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot: No Known Grave; name is listed on the Tablets of the Missing.
 
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Record added: Dec 14, 2004
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- Mellissa Lake Co. Illinois
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Rest in Peace, beloved soldier. See you in Heaven.
- Mary
 Added: Apr. 14, 2014
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