The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*PIKE, EMORY J.
Rank and Organization: Lieutenant Colonel, U.S.
Army, Division Machinegun Officer, 82d Division. Place and Date: Near Vandieres,
France, 15 September 1918. Entered Service At: Des Moines, lowa. Birth:
Columbia City, lowa. G. O. No.: 16, W.D., 1919.
Having gone forward to reconnoiter new machinegun positions, Lt. Col. Pike offered his
assistance in reorganizing advance infantry units which had become disorganized during a
heavy artillery shelling. He succeeded in locating only about 20 men, but with these he
advanced and when later joined by several infantry platoons rendered inestimable service
in establishing outposts, encouraging all by his cheeriness, in spite of the extreme
danger of the situation. When a shell had wounded one of the men in the outpost, Lt. Col.
Pike immediately went to his aid and was severely wounded himself when another shell burst
in the same place. While waiting to be brought to the rear, Lt. Col. Pike continued in
command, still retaining his jovial manner of encouragement, directing the reorganization
until the position could be held. The entire operation was carried on under terrific
bombardment, and the example of courage and devotion to duty, as set by Lt. Col. Pike,
established the highest standard of morale and confidence to all under his charge. The
wounds he received were the cause of his death.