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World War I - U.S. Army

Michael Aloyisius Donaldson

Details
  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Conflict/Era: World War I
  • Unit/Command:
    Company I, 165th Infantry,
    42d Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: October 14, 1918
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: road between Sommerance and Landres-et St. Georges, France
Citation
The advance of his regiment having been checked by intense machine-gun fire of the enemy, who were entrenched on the crest of a hill before Landres-et-St.-Georges, his company retired to a sunken road to reorganize their position, leaving several of their number wounded near the enemy lines. Of his own volition, in broad daylight and under direct observation of the enemy and with utter disregard for his own safety, he advanced to the crest of the hill, rescued one of his wounded comrades, and returned under withering fire to his own lines, repeating his splendidly heroic act until he had brought in all the men, six in number.
Medal of Honor Recipient Michael A. Donaldson
Medal of Honor Recipient Michael A. Donaldson
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Haverstraw, Rockland County, New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: April 6, 1923
    Presentation by Major General Robert Lee Bullard at Fort Jay, Governor's Island, New York
  • Born: January 16, 1887, Haverstraw, Rockland County, NY, United States
  • Died: April 12, 1970, Montrose, NY, United States
  • Buried: St. Peter's Cemetery (MH), Haverstraw, NY, United States
 

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