Private, U.S. Army
Home: Hanceville, Alabama
Company K, 166th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 7, 1918
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Bobell Purdy, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Sedan, France, November 7, 1918.
Private Purdy was a member of a patrol sent out to silence machine-gun nests which were holding up the battalion's advance. When the officer leading the patrol fell mortally wounded this soldier attempted to go to the officer's assistance, despite heavy fire from machine-guns only 100 yards away, and was himself killed.
- PVT CO K 166TH INFTY 42ND DIV
- DATE OF DEATH: 11/06/1918
- BURIED AT: SECTION WHITE SITE 1216
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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