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World War I - U.S. Army

George Dilboy

Details
  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Conflict/Era: World War I
  • Unit/Command:
    Company H, 103d Infantry,
    26th Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: July 18, 1918
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Belleau, France
Citation
After his platoon had gained its objective along a railroad embankment, Pfc. Dilboy, accompanying his platoon leader to reconnoiter the ground beyond, was suddenly fired upon by an enemy machine gun from 100 yards. From a standing position on the railroad track, fully exposed to view, he opened fire at once, but failing to silence the gun, rushed forward with his bayonet fixed, through a wheat field toward the gun emplacement, falling within 25 yards of the gun with his right leg nearly severed above the knee and with several bullet holes in his body. With undaunted courage he continued to fire into the emplacement from a prone position, killing two of the enemy and dispersing the rest of the crew.
Medal of Honor Recipient George Dilboy
Medal of Honor Recipient George Dilboy
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Keene, Cheshire County, New Hampshire
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Born: February 5, 1896, Greece
  • Died: July 18, 1918, France
  • Buried: Arlington National Cemetery (MH) (18-4574), Arlington, VA, United States
 

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