The President of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
ELLIS, MICHAEL B.
Rank and Organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company
C, 28th Infantry, 1st Division. Place and Date: Near Exermont, France, 5 October
1918. Entered Service At: East St. Louis, Ill. Born: 28 October 1894, St.
Louis, Mo. G. O. No.: 74, W.D., 1919.
During the entire day's engagement he operated far in advance of the first wave of his
company, voluntarily undertaking most dangerous missions and single-handedly attacking and
reducing machinegun nests. Flanking one emplacement, he killed 2 of the enemy with rifle
fire and captured 17 others. Later he single-handedly advanced under heavy fire and
captured 27 prisoners, including 2 officers and 6 machineguns, which had been holding up
the advance of the company. The captured officers indicated the locations of 4 other
machineguns, and he in turn captured these, together with their crews, at all times
showing marked heroism and fearlessness.