FURLONG, HAROLD A. - Medal of Honor Recipient


Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 353d Infantry, 89th Division.

Place and date: Near Bantheville, France, 1 November 1918. Entered service at: Detroit, Mich.

Birth: Pontiac, Mich. G.O. No.: 16, W.D., 1919.

Citation: Immediately after the opening of the attack in the Bois-de-Bantheville, when his company was held up by severe machinegun fire from the front, which killed his company commander and several soldiers, 1st. Lt. Furlong moved out in advance of the line with great courage and coolness, crossing an open space several hundred yards wide. Taking up a position behind the line of the machineguns, he closed in on them, one at a time, killing a number of the enemy with his rifle, putting 4 machinegun nests out of action, and driving 20 German prisoners into our lines.

This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)