The President of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
DONALDSON, MICHAEL A.
Rank and Organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company
I, 165th Infantry, 42d Division. Place and Date: At Sommerance-Landres-et St.
Georges Road, France, 14 October 1918. Entered Service At: Haverstraw, N.Y. Born:
1884, Haverstraw, N.Y. G. O. No.: 9, W.D., 1923.
The advance of his regiment having been checked by intense machinegun fire of the enemy,
who were entrenched on the crest of a hill before Landres-et St. Georges, his company
retired to a sunken road to reorganize their position, leaving several of their number
wounded near the enemy lines. Of his own volition, in broad daylight and under direct
observation of the enemy and with utter disregard for his own safety, he advanced to the
crest of the hill, rescued one of his wounded comrades, and returned under withering fire
to his own lines, repeating his splendidly heroic act until he had brought in all the men,
6 in number.