Congressional Medal of Honor Society

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World War I - U.S. Army

Michael J Perkins

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Conflict/Era: World War I
  • Unit/Command:
    Company D, 101st Infantry,
    26th Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: October 27, 1918
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Belieu Bois, France
He, voluntarily and alone, crawled to a German "pill box" machine-gun 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 seven machine guns.
Medal of Honor Recipient Michael J. Perkins
Medal of Honor Recipient Michael J. Perkins
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Born: 1899, Boston, Suffolk County, MA, United States
  • Died: October 28, 1918, France
  • Buried: New Calvary Cemetery (MH), Mattapan, MA, United States

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