Rank and organization: Sergeant Major, 182d New York Infantry (69th NYNG). Place and
date: At North Anna River, Va., 23 May 1864. Entered service at: Staten Island, N.Y.
Birth: Ireland. Date of issue: 25 October 1867. Citation: Voluntarily and at the risk
of his life carried orders to the brigade commander, which resulted in saving the works
his regiment was defending.
Rank and organization: Private, Company B, 69th New York Infantry. Place and date: At
Malvern Hill, Va., 1 July 1862. Entered service at: New York, N.Y. Birth: Ireland. Date
of issue: 2 August 1897. Citation: Having been wounded and directed to the rear, declined
to go, but continued in action, receiving several additional wounds, which resulted in
his capture by the enemy and his total disability for military service.
Michael A. Donaldson
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company I, 165th Infantry, 42d Division.
Place and date: At Sommerance-Landres-et St. Georges Road, France, 14 October 1918.
Entered service at: Haverstraw, N.Y. Born: 1884, Haverstraw, N.Y. G.O. No.: 9, W.D.,
1923. Citation: The advance of his regiment having been checked by intense machinegun
fire of the enemy, who were entrenched on the crest of a hill before Landres-et St.
Georges, his company retired to a sunken road to reorganize their position, leaving
several of their number wounded near the enemy lines. Of his own volition, in broad
daylight and under direct observation of the enemy and with utter disregard for his
own safety, he advanced to the crest of the hill, rescued one of his wounded comrades,
and returned under withering fire to his own lines, repeating his splendidly heroic
act until he had brought in all the men, 6 in number.
William Joseph Donovan
Rank and organization: Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, 165th Infantry, 42d Division.
Place and date: Near Landres-et-St. Georges, France, 14-15 October 1918. Entered service
at: Buffalo, N.Y. Born: 1 January 1883, Buffalo, N.Y. G.O., No.: 56, W.D., 1922.
Citation: Lt. Col. Donovan personally led the assaulting wave in an attack upon a very
strongly organized position, and when our troops were suffering heavy casualties he
encouraged all near him by his example, moving among his men in exposed positions,
reorganizing decimated platoons, and accompanying them forward in attacks. When he was
wounded in the leg by machine-gun bullets, he refused to be evacuated and continued with
his unit until it withdrew to a less exposed position.
Richard W. O'Neil
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. Citation: 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.
Alejandro R. Renteria y Ruiz
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, 165th Infantry, 27th Infantry
Division. Place and date: Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 28 April 1945. Entered service at:
Carlsbad, N. Mex. Birth: Loving, N. Mex. G.O. No.: 60, 26 June 1946. Citation: When
his unit was stopped by a skillfully camouflaged enemy pillbox, he displayed conspicuous
gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty. His squad, suddenly brought
under a hail of machinegun fire and a vicious grenade attack, was pinned down. Jumping
to his feet, Pfc. Ruiz seized an automatic rifle and lunged through the flying grenades
and rifle and automatic fire for the top of the emplacement. When an enemy soldier
charged him, his rifle jammed. Undaunted, Pfc. Ruiz whirled on his assailant and clubbed
him down. Then he ran back through bullets and grenades, seized more ammunition and
another automatic rifle, and again made for the pillbox. Enemy fire now was concentrated
on him, but he charged on, miraculously reaching the position, and in plain view he
climbed to the top. Leaping from 1 opening to another, he sent burst after burst into
the pillbox, killing 12 of the enemy and completely destroying the position. Pfc. Ruiz's
heroic conduct, in the face of overwhelming odds, saved the lives of many comrades and
eliminated an obstacle that long would have checked his unit's advance.
Medal of Honor Citations courtesy of the
U.S. Army Center of Military