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CMOHS.org - Private First Class PERKINS, MICHAEL J., U.S. Army

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PERKINS, MICHAEL J.

Rank: Private First Class
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company D
Division: 101st Infantry, 26th Division
Born: Boston, Mass.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Boston, Mass.
G.O. Number: 34
Date of Issue: 12/31/1919
Accredited To:
Place / Date: At Belieu Bois, France, 27 October 1918
 
 


PERKINS, MICHAEL J. Photo
 
Citation

He, voluntarily and alone, crawled to a German "pill box" machinegun emplacement, from which grenades were being thrown at his platoon. Awaiting his opportunity, when the door was again opened and another grenade thrown, he threw a bomb inside, bursting the door open, and then, drawing his trench knife, rushed into the emplacement. In a hand-to-hand struggle he killed or wounded several of the occupants and captured about 25 prisoners, at the same time silencing 7 machineguns.