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.
CPL CO D 60TH INF 5TH DIV WW
- DATE OF DEATH: 01/20/1919
- BURIED AT: SECTION EUROP SITE 2439
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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