The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
PETTY, ORLANDO HENDERSON
Rank and Organization: Lieutenant (Medical
Corps), USNRF. Born: 20 February 1874, Harrison, Ohio. Appointed from:
For extraordinary heroism while serving with the 5th Regiment, U.S. Marines, in France
during the attack in the Boise de Belleau, 11 June 1918. While under heavy fire of high
explosive and gas shells in the town of Lucy, where his dressing station was located, Lt.
Petty attended to and evacuated the wounded under most trying conditions. Having been
knocked to the ground by an exploding gas shell which tore his mask, Lt. Petty discarded
the mask and courageously continued his work. His dressing station being hit and
demolished, he personally helped carry Capt. Williams, wounded, through the shellfire to a
place of safety.
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