Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company G, 108th
Infantry, 27th Division.
Place and date: Near Ronssoy, France, 29 September
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)