Edward Orrick McDonnell

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Edward Orrick McDonnell
Edward O McDonnell USNA.jpg
McDonnell as a U.S. Naval Academy midshipman
Born (1891-11-13)November 13, 1891
Baltimore, Maryland
Died January 6, 1960(1960-01-06) (aged 68)
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 citation[edit]

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]

See also[edit]


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
  1. ^ "Medal of Honor recipients". United States Naval Academy. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  2. ^ "Mexican Campaign (Vera Cruz)". United States Army Center of Military History. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  3. ^ "Edward O. McDonnell". United States Naval Academy. Retrieved 2009-03-16. 
  4. ^ "Edward Orrick McDonnell". Arlington National Cemetery. Retrieved 2009-03-16. 
  5. ^ "BATTLESHIP TEXAS BB35". Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  6. ^ "Ensign McDonnell, Edward Orrick". Congressional Medal of Honor Society. Retrieved 2009-03-16. 


The frigate USS Edward McDonnell was named in his memory.

External links[edit]