The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
RICKENBACKER, EDWARD V.
Rank and organization:
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Corps, 94th Aero Squadron, Air Service. Place and date:
Near Billy, France, 25 September 1918. Entered service at: Columbus, Ohio. Born:
8 October 1890, Columbus, Ohio. G.O. No.: 2, W.D., 1931.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call
of duty in action against the enemy near Billy, France, 25 September 1918. While on a
voluntary patrol over the lines, 1st Lt. Rickenbacker attacked 7 enemy planes (5 type
Fokker, protecting two type Halberstadt). Disregarding the odds against him, he dived on
them and shot down one of the Fokkers out of control. He then attacked one of the
Halberstadts and sent it down also.