Gary Evans Foster

Gary Evans Foster (November 6, 1894 – July 22, 1951) was a S.C. National Guard Soldier serving in the United States Army during World War I who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.

Gary E. Foster
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Medal of Honor recipient
Born(1894-11-06)November 6, 1894
Spartanburg, South Carolina
DiedJuly 22, 1951(1951-07-22) (aged 56)
Place of burial
New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery Chesnee, South Carolina
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branchUnited States Army
UnitCompany F, 118th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division
Battles/warsWorld War I
AwardsMedal of Honor


Foster was born November 6, 1894, in Spartanburg, South Carolina and after enlisting in the United States Army was sent to France to fight in World War I.

After returning home from the war, Foster attended Clemson College.[1]

He died July 22, 1951, and is buried in New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery, Chesnee, South Carolina.[2]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company F, 118th Infantry, 30th Division. Place and date: Near Montbrehain, France, 8 October 1918. Entered service at: Inman, S.C. Birth: Spartanburg, S.C. G.O. No.: 16, W.D., 1919.


When his company was held up by violent machinegun fire from a sunken road, Sgt. Foster with an officer went forward to attack the hostile machinegun nests. The officer was wounded, but Sgt. Foster continued on alone in the face of the heavy fire and by effective use of handgrenades and his pistol killed several of the enemy and captured 18.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Great Clemson Graduates : Clemson University". Archived from the original on 2010-05-29.
  2. ^ "Gary Evans Foster". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved 2009-07-19.
  3. ^ "Medal of Honor recipients". World War I. United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-19.