|Edward Orrick McDonnell|
File:Edward O McDonnell USNA.jpg|
McDonnell as a U.S. Naval Academy midshipman
|Born||November 13, 1891|
|Died||January 6, 1960(aged 68)|
|Place of birth||Baltimore, Maryland|
|Place of death||Bolivia, North Carolina|
|Place of burial||Arlington National Cemetery|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1912 - 1951|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Edward Orrick McDonnell (November 13, 1891 – January 6, 1960) was an American war hero.
He was born on 13 November 1891 in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1912. He received the Medal of Honor for actions at the United States occupation of Veracruz, 1914.
On 10 March 1919 Lt Cdr McDonnell flew a British-built Sopwith Camel off an overhauled gun turret on the USS Texas, the first man to fly an airplane off a battleship. Admiral McDonnell died in the 1960 bombing of National Airlines Flight 2511 in Bolivia, North Carolina.
Medal of Honor citationEdit
Rank and organization: Ensign Organization: U.S. Navy Born:13 November 1891, Baltimore, Md. Accredited to: Maryland Date of issue: 12/04/1915
For extraordinary heroism in battle, engagements of Vera Cruz, 21 and 22 April 1914. Posted on the roof of the Terminal Hotel and landing, Ens. McDonnell established a signal station there day and night, maintaining communication between troops and ships. At this exposed post he was continually under fire. One man was killed and 3 wounded at his side during the 2 days' fighting. He showed extraordinary heroism and striking courage and maintained his station in the highest degree of efficiency. All signals got through, largely due to his heroic devotion to duty.
- List of Medal of Honor recipients (Veracruz)
- List of United States Naval Academy alumni (Medal of Honor)
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
- ↑ "Medal of Honor recipients". United States Naval Academy. http://www.usna.edu/Admissions/Notables/MOH/index.htm. Retrieved 2009-03-15.
- ↑ "Mexican Campaign (Vera Cruz)". United States Army Center of Military History. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/mohmex.html. Retrieved 2009-03-15.
- ↑ "Edward O. McDonnell". United States Naval Academy. http://www.usna.edu/Admissions/Notables/MOH/bios/mcdonnell.htm. Retrieved 2009-03-16.
- ↑ "Edward Orrick McDonnell". Arlington National Cemetery. http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/eomcdonn.htm. Retrieved 2009-03-16.
- ↑ "BATTLESHIP TEXAS BB35". http://www.bb35library.usstexasbb35.com/history/1919-Jan-july-1919.html. Retrieved 2012-12-09.
- ↑ "Ensign McDonnell, Edward Orrick". Congressional Medal of Honor Society. http://www.cmohs.org/recipient-detail/2437/mcdonnell-edward-orrick.php. Retrieved 2009-03-16.
- "Edward Orrick McDonnell". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7878300. Retrieved May 17, 2009.
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