Corporal, United States Army
Corporal, U.S. Army
Home: Elmira, New York
Company D, 60th Infantry Regiment, 5th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 14, 1918
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Francis Ackley, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cunel, France, October 14, 1918.
After his company had suffered severe losses
from an enemy machine gun, Corporal Ackley volunteered to silence it single-handed.
Advancing from the flank, under heavy sniping fire, he surprised the crew,
killed the three gunners with his pistol and then turned the machine gun
on the enemy, covering the advance of his detachment to the position and
inflicting several losses on the hostile troops.