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CMOHS.org - Sergeant ELLIS, MICHAEL B., U.S. Army

Recipient Detail

 

ELLIS, MICHAEL B.

Rank: Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company C
Division: 28th Infantry, 1st Division
Born: 28 October 1894, St. Louis, Mo.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: East St. Louis, Ill.
G.O. Number: 74
Date of Issue: 12/31/1919
Accredited To:
Place / Date: Near Exermont, France, 5 October 1918
 
 


ELLIS, MICHAEL B. Photo
 
Citation

During the entire day's engagement he operated far in advance of the first wave of his company, voluntarily undertaking most dangerous missions and single-handedly attacking and reducing machinegun nests. Flanking one emplacement, he killed 2 of the enemy with rifle fire and captured 17 others. Later he single-handedly advanced under heavy fire and captured 27 prisoners, including 2 officers and 6 machineguns, which had been holding up the advance of the company. The captured officers indicated the locations of 4 other machineguns, and he in turn captured these, together with their crews, at all times showing marked heroism and fearlessness.