The President of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and Organization: Private First Class,
U.S. Army, Company G, 108th Infantry, 27th Division. Place and Date: Near Ronssoy,
France, 29 September 1918. Entered Service At: Niagara Falls, N.Y. Birth:
Buffalo, N.Y. G. O. No.: 20, W.D., 1919.
Pfc. Gaffney, an automatic rifleman, pushing forward alone, after all the other members of
his squad had been killed, discovered several Germans placing a heavy machinegun in
position. He killed the crew, captured the gun, bombed several dugouts, and, after killing
4 more of the enemy with his pistol, held the position until reinforcements came up, when
80 prisoners were captured.