PERKINS, MICHAEL J. - Medal of Honor Recipient


Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company D, 101st Infantry, 26th Division.

Place and date: At Belieu Bois, France, 27 October 1918.

Entered service at: Boston, Mass.

Birth: Boston, Mass. G.O. No.: 34, W.D. 1919.

Citation: He, voluntarily and alone, crawled to a German "pill box" machinegun emplacement, from which grenades were being thrown at his platoon. Awaiting his opportunity, when the door was again opened and another grenade thrown, he threw a bomb inside, bursting the door open, and then, drawing his trench knife, rushed into the emplacement. In a hand-to-hand struggle he killed or wounded several of the occupants and captured about 25 prisoners, at the same time silencing 7 machineguns.

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)