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CMOHS.org - Ensign McDONNELL, EDWARD ORRICK, U.S. Navy

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McDONNELL, EDWARD ORRICK

Rank: Ensign
Organization: U.S. Navy
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Born: 13 November 1891, Baltimore, Md.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At:
G.O. Number: 177
Date of Issue: 12/04/1915
Accredited To: Maryland
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McDONNELL, EDWARD ORRICK Photo
 
Citation

For extraordinary heroism in battle, engagements of Vera Cruz, 21 and 22 April 1914. Posted on the roof of the Terminal Hotel and landing, Ens. McDonnell established a signal station there day and night, maintaining communication between troops and ships. At this exposed post he was continually under fire. One man was killed and 3 wounded at his side during the 2 days' fighting. He showed extraordinary heroism and striking courage and maintained his station in the highest degree of efficiency. All signals got through, largely due to his heroic devotion to duty.