In Nick of Time Noncom Throws Companion Away From Bursting Bomb
A Carnegie medal and a commission would not be out of place for Corporal William Harold Vayne, company I, 136th infantry.
He was teaching a squad in hand grenade work in the trenches, when a soldier accidentally dropped a grenade, which the trained eye of the non-commissioned officer saw at a glance would explode in a moment. The frightened soldier flew at once from the perilous position, leaving Corporal Vayne and a comrade to their fare.
Blast Tears Corporal’s Hat
Bravery in the face of great danger as it is taught at Camp Cody came into play, and the unselfish heroism of this man saved the life of his comrade. Providence sparing the life of the brave young soldier, who grabbed his companion in danger and threw him around the corner of a “traverse” just as the bomb exploded, tearing two ragged holes in the top of Corporal’s Vayne’s hat, missing his head by possibly a half to three-quarters of an inch.
As soon as the attention of Colonel W. T. Mollison of the 68th brigade, was called to the brave act, he took the matter to division headquarters, in order that General Johnston might suitable commend the heroic act of the brave corporal. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Saturday, August 17, 1918