Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Corps, 94th Aero
Squadron, Air Service.
Place and date: Near Billy, France, 25 September
Entered service at: Columbus, Ohio. Born: 8 October 1890, Columbus,
Ohio. G.O. No.: 2, W.D., 1931.
Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and
intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy
near Billy, France, 25 September 1918. While on a voluntary patrol over
the lines, 1st Lt. Rickenbacker attacked 7 enemy planes (5 type Fokker,
protecting two type Halberstadt). Disregarding the odds against him, he
dived on them and shot down one of the Fokkers out of control. He then
attacked one of the Halberstadts and sent it down also.
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)