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Foy, Willy

Canadian (1931-present, Constitutional Monarchy)


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Second World War (1939-1945)
No.14 Platoon, "C" Company, Le Régiment de la Chaudière, 8th Canadian Infantry Brigade, 3rd Canadian Infantry Division, Canadian Army
Awarded on:
August 31st, 1944
On 6 June 1944 a section of Lieutenant Foy’s platoon was detailed as a reconnaissance patrol. Lieutenant Foy knowing that this was the first patrol these men had ever undertaken, acted on his own initiative and accompanied them. The patrol came under enemy mortar and MG fire and was pinned down. Lieutenant Foy worked himself to a position some distance to the flank of the patrol and deliberately stood up to draw the enemy fire. The enemy were deceived by his action and directed fire away from the patrol and against him. The patrol was able to advance to within 100 yards of the enemy and to complete their mission by bringing back vital information.
The patrol suffered two casualties (wounded) during their withdrawal and had to leave them where they fell. When the withdrawal was completed, Lieutenant Foy personal went out under hy fire and brought in his two wounded men. During this entire action Lieutenant Foy showed great personal courage and devotion to duty and was in a very large measure personally responsible for the success of the mission.
His example was an inspiration to his men at all times.

Supplement to the London Gazette, 31 August, 1944.
Military Cross (MC)