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John Porter Pryor
Captain, United States Army
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PRYOR, JOHN P.
Captain, U.S. Army
Homr: El Paso, Texas
2d Machine-Gun Battalion, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4 - 6, 1918
General Orders No. No. 15, W.D., 1923

Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John P. Pryor, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action during the Meuse- Argonne offensive, near Exermont, France, October 4 - 6, 1918.

Attacked by Spanish influenza, Captain Pryor refused to leave his command for medical treatment because of the heavy casualties among the officers of the battalion to which his company was attached. Captain Pryor remained with his command, participating in the heavy fighting around Exermont and Hill 240, inspiring his men through his conspicuous bravery and indomitable will until he collapsed upon the field of battle, and was carried from the field, dying while en route to the hospital.


PRYOR, JOHN PORTER
CAPT MACH GUN CO 18TH INF 1ST DIV
DATE OF DEATH: 10/15/1918
BURIED AT: SECTION W H  SITE 4465
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Posted: 23 April 2005
Distinguished Service Cross