Richard W. O'Neill
|Richard W. O'Neill|
August 28, 1898|
New York City, New York
|Died||April 9, 1982(aged 83)|
|Place of burial||Gate of Heaven Cemetery Hawthorne, New York|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Unit||Company D, 165th Infantry, 42d Division|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Medal of Honor citation
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company D, 165th Infantry, 42d Division. Place and date: On the Ourcq River, France, 30 July 1918. Entered service at: New York, N.Y. Birth: New York, N.Y. G.O. No.: 30, W.D., 1921.
In advance of an assaulting line, he attacked a detachment of about 25 of the enemy. In the ensuing hand-to-hand encounter he sustained pistol wounds, but heroically continued in the advance, during which he received additional wounds: but, with great physical effort, he remained in active command of his detachment. Being again wounded, he was forced by weakness and loss of blood to be evacuated, but insisted upon being taken first to the battalion commander in order to transmit to him valuable information relative to enemy positions and the disposition of our men.
- "O'NEILL, RICHARD W.". Army of Medal of Honor website. 2009-08-03. Retrieved 2009-08-22.
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