Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Army, Company D, 107th Infantry,
Place and date: East of Ronssoy, France, 29 September 1918.
Entered service at: Ogdensburg N.Y. Born: 5 February 1895, Cassino, Italy.
G.O. No.: 16, W.D., i929.
Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity
above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy during the operations
against the Hindenburg line, east of Ronssoy, France, 29 September 1918.
Finding the advance of his organization held up by a withering enemy machinegun
fire, Pvt. Valente volunteered to go forward. With utter disregard of his
own personal danger, accompanied by another soldier, Pvt. Valente rushed
forward through an intense machinegun fire directly upon the enemy nest,
killing 2 and capturing 5 of the enemy and silencing the gun. Discovering
another machinegun nest close by which was pouring a deadly fire on the
American forces, preventing their advance, Pvt. Valente and his companion
charged upon this strong point, killing the gunner and putting this machinegun
out of action. Without hesitation they jumped into the enemy's trench,
killed 2 and captured 16 German soldiers. Pvt. Valente was later wounded
and sent to the rear.
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)