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World War I - U.S. Army

Michael Valente

  • Rank: Private
  • Conflict/Era: World War I
  • Unit/Command:
    Company D, 107th Infantry,
    27th Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: September 29, 1918
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Hindenburg Line, east of Ronssoy, France
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy during the operations against the Hindenburg line, east of Ronssoy, France, 29 September 1918. Finding the advance of his organization held up by a withering enemy machine-gun fire, Pvt. Valente volunteered to go forward. With utter disregard of his own personal danger, accompanied by another soldier, Pvt. Valente rushed forward through an intense machine-gun fire directly upon the enemy nest, killing two and capturing five of the enemy and silencing the gun. Discovering another machine-gun nest close by which was pouring a deadly fire on the American forces, preventing their advance, Pvt. Valente and his companion charged upon this strong point, killing the gunner and putting this machine gun out of action. Without hesitation they jumped into the enemy's trench, killed two and captured 16 German soldiers. Pvt. Valente was later wounded and sent to the rear.
Medal of Honor Recipient Michael Valente
Medal of Honor Recipient Michael Valente
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence County, New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: September 27, 1929
    The White House (lawn), presented by Pres. Herbert Hoover
  • Born: February 5, 1895, Cassino, Italy
  • Died: January 10, 1976, Long Beach, NY, United States
  • Buried: Long Island National Cemetery (MH) (DSS-60-A), Farmingdale, NY, United States

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