Edward Orrick McDonnell – Vice Admiral, United States Navy

He was born on November 13, 1891 in Maryland.  and won the Medal of Honor while serving at Vera Cruz as as junior officer. He had graduted from the United States Naval Academy in 1912 and progressed through the ranks to Admiral.

He was killed in the crash of a commercial airliner at Bolivia, South Carolina, on January 6, 1960 and was buried in Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery. His son, Edward Orrick McDonnell, Jr. served with the Army Air Corps in World War II and was killed in action.



Rank and organization: Ensign, U.S. Navy. Born: 13 November 1891, Baltimore, Maryland. Accredited to: Maryland. G.O. No.: 177, 4 December 1915.


For extraordinary heroism in battle, engagements of Vera Cruz, 21 and 22 April 1914. Posted on the roof of the Terminal Hotel and landing, Ens. McDonnell established a signal station there day and night, maintaining communication between troops and ships. At this exposed post he was continually under fire. One man was killed and 3 wounded at his side during the 2 days' fighting. He showed extraordinary heroism and striking courage and maintained his station in the highest degree of efficiency. All signals got through, largely due to his heroic devotion to duty.



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