Freddie Stowers

A soldier wearing a blue helmet and brown uniform
Portrait of Cpl Stowers generated by Army forensics from photos of his mother and sisters.

South Carolina Military Museum

Quick Facts

Significance:
African American Soldier, Medal of Honor recipient, WWI
Place of Birth:
Sandy Springs, South Carolina
Date of Birth:
January 12, 1896
Place of Death:
Ardeuil-et-Montfauxelles, Departement des Ardennes, Champagne-Ardenne, France
Date of Death:
September 28, 1918
Place of Burial:
Romagne-Sous-Montfaucon, France
Cemetery Name:
Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial

Extraordinary Heroism

While serving in France in 1918, Corporal Freddie Stowers (pictured) of the 371st Infantry Regiment, 93rd Division, led his company on an attack to take out a heavily entrenched German position on Hill 188. "Faced with incredible enemy resistance, Corporal Stowers took charge, setting such a courageous example of personal bravery and leadership that he inspired his men to follow him in the attack." As they valiantly advanced under Stowers' leadership, they proceeded to neutralize German machine guns and personnel. While leading an assault on a second trench line, Stowers was severely wounded, but continued to fight on. When he could no longer go on, he urged his men to continue the attack and to proceed without him. As the company forged on with the attack, Stowers succumb to his wounds on the hill and died during the battle. His company went on to inflict heavy enemy casualties and ultimately captured Hill 188. Based on his "conspicuous gallantry, extraordinary heroism, and supreme devotion to his men," Stowers’ commanding officers recommended him for the Medal of Honor, but the paperwork was misplaced and forgotten about. Corporal Stowers would be laid to rest at the Meuse-Argone American Cemetery & Memorial near the village of Romagne-sous-Montfaucon not long after his death. Nearly 73 years later, on April 24, 1991, the valiant and courageous story of Corporal Freddie Stowers was resurrected and he was finally awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously. Two of his surviving sisters accepted the award which was presented to them by President George H.W. Bush.

Read more about the story of the 92nd and 93rd Divisions and their time in WWI France and why several of the units in the 93rd would don the French blue helmet in battle.

- Quoted portions of text from the Medal of Honor citation for Corporal Freddie Stowers.

Last updated: June 4, 2018