GAFFNEY, FRANK - Medal of Honor Recipient


Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company G, 108th Infantry, 27th Division.

Place and date: Near Ronssoy, France, 29 September 1918.

Entered service at: Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Birth: Buffalo, N.Y. G.O. No.: 20, W.D., 1919.

Citation: Pfc. Gaffney, an automatic rifleman, pushing forward alone, after all the other members of his squad had been killed, discovered several Germans placing a heavy machinegun in position. He killed the crew, captured the gun, bombed several dugouts, and, after killing 4 more of the enemy with his pistol, held the position until reinforcements came up, when 80 prisoners were captured.

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)