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World War I - U.S. Naval Reserve Force

Orlando Henderson Petty

  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Conflict/Era: World War I
  • Unit/Command:
    Medical Corps, attached to the 5th Regiment,
    U.S. Marines
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Naval Reserve Force
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: June 11, 1918
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Boise de Belleau, France
For extraordinary heroism while serving with 5th Regiment, U.S. Marines, in France during the attack in the Bois de Belleau, 11 June 1918. While under heavy fire of high-explosive and gas shells in the town of Lucy, where his dressing station was located, Lt. Petty attended to and evacuated the wounded under most trying conditions. Having been knocked to the ground by an exploding gas shell which tore his mask, Lt. Petty discarded the mask and courageously continued his work. His dressing station being hit and demolished, he personally helped carry Capt. Williams, wounded, through the shellfire to a place of safety.
Medal of Honor Recipient Orlando H. Petty
Medal of Honor Recipient Orlando H. Petty
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Pennsylvania
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: February 20, 1874, Harrison, Hamilton County, OH, United States
  • Died: June 2, 1932
  • Buried: St. Timothy's Church Yard Cemetery (PMH), Roxborough, PA, United States

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