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Edward Orrick McDonnell
File:Edward O McDonnell USNA.jpg
McDonnell as a U.S. Naval Academy midshipman
Born (1891-11-13)November 13, 1891
Died January 6, 1960(1960-01-06) (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
Rank Vice Admiral
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.[1] He received the Medal of Honor for actions at the United States occupation of Veracruz, 1914.[2][3][4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

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The frigate USS Edward McDonnell was named in his memory.

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