The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
O'NEIL, RICHARD W.
Rank and Organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army,
Company D, 165th Infantry, 42d Division. Place and Date: On the Ourcq River,
France, 30 July 1918. Entered Service At: New York, N.Y. Birth: New York,
N.Y. G. O. No.: 30, W.D., 1921.
In advance of an assaulting line, he attacked a detachment of about 25 of the enemy. In
the ensuing hand-to-hand encounter he sustained pistol wounds, but heroically continued in
the advance, during which he received additional wounds: but, with great physical effort,
he remained in active command of his detachment. Being again wounded, he was forced by
weakness and loss of blood to be evacuated, but insisted upon being taken first to the
battalion commander in order to transmit to him valuable information relative to enemy
positions and the disposition of our men.