The President of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*COSTIN, HENRY G.
Rank and Organization: Private, U.S. Army,
Company H, 115th Infantry, 29th Division. Place and Date: Near Bois-de-Consenvoye,
France, 8 October 1918. Entered Service At: Baltimore, Md. Birth: Baltimore,
Md. G. O. No.: 34, W.D., 1919.
When the advance of his platoon had been held up by machinegun fire and a request was made
for an automatic rifle team to charge the nest, Pvt. Costin was the first to volunteer.
Advancing with his team, under terrific fire of enemy artillery, machineguns, and trench
mortars, he continued after all his comrades had become casualties and he himself had been
seriously wounded. He operated his rifle until he collapsed. His act resulted in the
capture of about 100 prisoners and several machineguns. He succumbed from the effects of
his wounds shortly after the accomplishment of his heroic deed.