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KINDER, LA (KPLC) -

Family and friends of Army First Lt. Douglas Bernard Fournet, along with Kinder officials and members of the public, gathered in Kinder on Monday at the Kinder-McRill Cemetery for a memorial dedication for Fournet.

Fournet died in action in Vietnam in 1968 while saving his fellow troops.

Two years later, he was posthumously honored the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Richard Nixon at the White House.

The monument is a joint project of the American Legion Post 244 and the Vietnam Veterans Chapter Chapter 215.

Dr. Mike Karam, who helped with the dedication, said Fournet was a hero.

"He put himself on a land mine to save his platoon," Karam said.

The monument is granite and includes a bronze plaque.

"The gravesite wasn't marked well at the cemetery and we wanted to do something to draw some attention to it," Karam said.

Some members of the Fournet family are attended Monday's event.

Fournet attended McNeese State University. He was serving as a first lieutenant in Company B, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Calvary Division in South Vietnam at the time of his death. He was killed three days before his 25th birthday.

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