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Roy L. Villars

Place of Birth: West Virginia, Glenwood
Home of record: Proctorville Ohio


Navy Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Second Haitian Campaign

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Corporal Roy L. Villars (MCSN: 114590), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism displayed on 16 April 1920, in defending his post at Marche Canard, against greatly superior bandit forces, while serving with the First Provisional Brigade of Marines (Gendarmerie d'Haiti). Corporal Villars' bravery and utter disregard for personal safety, in exposing himself to the enemy during three different assaults which occurred during the three- hour attack, and by his excellent handling of an automatic rifle, saved this brave garrison from annihilation until relief arrived. Corporal Villars personally killed the Chief of attacking bandit forces, General Vil-Jean, during one of the assaults, who had advanced to within three yards of his feet.

General Orders: Authority - USMC Communiqué: 114590 (21 July 1921)

Action Date: 16-Apr-20

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Corporal

Regiment: 1st Provisional Brigade of Marines (Gendarmerie d'Haiti)