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Michael J. Perkins
Born 1899
Died October 28, 1918 (aged 18–19)
Place of birth Boston, Massachusetts
Place of burial New Calvary Cemetery, Mattapan, Massachusetts
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1916 - 1918
Rank Private First Class
Unit Company D, 101st Infantry, 26th Division
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Medal of Honor

Michael J. Perkins (1899 – October 28, 1918) was a soldier in the United States Army who received the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions during World War I.

BiographyEdit

Perkins was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1899, and joined the Army in 1916. Despite surviving his MOH action, he was killed an artillery shell the next day when being transported to the infirmary.[1] He is buried in New Calvary Cemetery, Mattapan, Massachusetts.

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company D, 101st Infantry, 26th Division. Place and date: At Belieu Bois, France, 27 October 1918. Entered service at: Boston, Mass. Birth: Boston, Mass. G.O. No.: 34, W.D. 1919.

Citation:

He, voluntarily and alone, crawled to a German "pill box" machinegun 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 7 machineguns.[2]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Memorial Day Article
  2. "PERKINS, MICHAEL J.". Army of Medal of Honor website. 2009-08-03. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/worldwari.html. Retrieved 2009-08-23. 

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