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Page 3 - His untiring devotion to duty and exceptionally meritorious leadership have been in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Page 2 - ... intensified their attack, Willis calmly continued to administer blood plasma to his patient, promptly returning the first hostile grenade which landed in the shell-hole while he was working and hurling back seven more in quick succession before the ninth one exploded in his hand and instantly killed him. By his great personal valor in saving others at the sacrifice of his own life, he inspired his companions, although terrifically outnumbered, to launch a fierclv determined attack and repulse...