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World War I - U.S. Army

George H Mallon

  • Rank: Captain
  • Conflict/Era: World War I
  • Unit/Command:
    Company E, 132d Infantry Regiment,
    33d Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: September 26, 1918
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Bois-de-Forges, France
Becoming separated from the balance of his company because of fog, Capt. Mallon, with nine soldiers, pushed forward and attacked nine active and hostile machine guns, capturing all of them without the loss of a man. Continuing on through the woods, he led his men in attacking a battery of four 155-millimeter howitzers, which were in action, rushing the position and capturing the battery and its crews. In this encounter Capt. Mallon personally attacked one of the enemy with his fists. Later, when the party came upon two more machine guns, this officer sent men to the flanks while he rushed forward directly in the face of the fire and silenced the guns, being the first one of the party to reach the nest. The exceptional gallantry and determination displayed by Capt. Mallon resulted in the capture of 100 prisoners, 11 machine guns, four 155-millimeter howitzers, and one antiaircraft gun.
Medal of Honor Recipient George H. Mallon
Medal of Honor Recipient George H. Mallon
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: February 9, 1919
    Chaumont, France, presented by Gen. John J. Pershing
  • Born: June 15, 1877, Ogden, Riley County, KS, United States
  • Died: August 2, 1934, St. Cloud, MN, United States
  • Buried: Fort Snelling National Cemetery (MH) (DS-1-S), Minneapolis, MN, United States
  • Location of Medal: U.S. Cavalry Museum, Fort Riley, KS

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