Patrick Aloysius Connolly
Colonel, United States Army
Aloysius Connolly of Ireland
Served as Private, F Company, 21st U. S. Infantry, 24 July 1893 to 23 October 1896
Private and Corporal, F Company, 21st U. S. Infantry, 7 November 1896 to 6 July 1898
Second Lieutenant, 5th U. S. Artillery, 22 June 1898
Transferred to the 21st U. S. Infantry, 24 December 1898
First Lieutenant, 2 March 1899
CONNOLLY, PATRICK A.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Date of Action: December 23, 1901
General Orders No. No. 17, W.D., 1924
Home Town: Springfield, Massachusetts
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Patrick A. Connolly, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near San Jose, Batangas, Luzon, Philippine Islands, December 23, 1901.
While leading his detachment of seven men in
an attack against a band of 23 insurgent bolomen, which resulted in a desperate
hand-to-hand encounter, Lieutenant Connolly displayed personal bravery,
courage, and leadership qualities of the highest order, and despite a severe
wound on the head received early in the engagement he heroically continued
the fight until all the enemy were killed.