The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*McGlLL, TROY A.
Rank and Organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Troop G,
5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. Place and Date Los Negros Islands,
Admiralty Group, 4 March 1944. Entered Service at: Ada, Okla. Birth:
Knoxville, Tenn. G.O. No.: 74, 11 September 1944.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with
the enemy at Los Negros Island, Admiralty Group, on 4 March 1944. In the early morning
hours Sgt. McGill, with a squad of 8 men, occupied a revetment which bore the brunt of a
furious attack by approximately 200 drinkcrazed enemy troops. Although covered by
crossfire from machineguns on the right and left flank he could receive no support from
the remainder of our troops stationed at his rear. All members of the squad were killed or
wounded except Sgt. McGill and another man, whom he ordered to return to the next
revetment. Courageously resolved to hold his position at all cost, he fired his weapon
until it ceased to function. Then, with the enemy only 5 yards away, he charged from his
foxhole in the face of certain death and clubbed the enemy with his rifle in handtohand
combat until he was killed. At dawn 105 enemy dead were found around his position. Sgt.
McGill's intrepid stand was an inspiration to his comrades and a decisive factor in the
defeat of a fanatical enemy.