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World War I - U.S. Army

Donald Marshall Call

  • Rank: Corporal
  • Conflict/Era: World War I
  • Unit/Command:
    344th Battalion,
    Tank Corps
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: September 26, 1918
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Varennes, France
During an operation against enemy machine-gun nests west of Varennes, Cpl. Call was in a tank with an officer when half of the turret was knocked off by a direct artillery hit. Choked by gas from the high- explosive shell, he left the tank and took cover in a shellhole 30 yards away. Seeing that the officer did not follow, and thinking that he might be alive, Cpl. Call returned to the tank under intense machine-gun and shell fire and carried the officer over a mile under machine-gun and sniper fire to safety.
Medal of Honor Recipient Donald M. Call
Medal of Honor Recipient Donald M. Call
Additional Details
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: February 9, 1919
    Chaumont, France - presented by General John J. Pershing
  • Born: November 29, 1892, New York, NY, United States
  • Died: March 19, 1984, Bethesda, MD, United States
  • Buried: Cremated Ashes in Flower Garden, Bethesda, MD, United States

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