McDONNELL, EDWARD ORRICK
Rank and organization: Ensign, U.S. Navy. Born:
13 November 1891, Baltimore, Md. Accredited to: Maryland. G.O. No.: 177,
4 December 1915.
For extraordinary heroism in battle,
engagements of Vera Cruz, 21 and 22 April 1914. Posted on the roof of the Terminal Hotel
and landing, Ens. McDonnell established a signal station there day and night, maintaining
communication between troops and ships. At this exposed post he was continually under
fire. One man was killed and 3 wounded at his side during the 2 days' fighting. He showed
extraordinary heroism and striking courage and maintained his station in the highest
degree of efficiency. All signals got through, largely due to his heroic devotion to duty.