Corporal Jake Allex - At a critical point in the action, when all the officers with his platoon had become casualties, Corporal Allex took command of the platoon and led it forward until the advance was stopped by fire from a machinegun nest. He then advanced alone for about 30 yards in the face of intense fire and attacked the nest. With his bayonet he killed 5 of the enemy, and when it was broken, used the butt of his rifle, capturing 15 prisoners. August 9, 1918
Corporal Thomas Pope - His company was advancing behind the tanks when it was halted by hostile machinegun fire. Going forward alone, he rushed a machinegun nest, killed several of the crew with his bayonet, and, standing astride his gun, held off the others until reinforcements arrived and captured them. July 4, 1918
This World War I poster advertises a concert and art exhibition to take place in Paris on June 17–18, 1916, for the benefit of Serbia. The poster depicts a classical female figure with a crown of thorns around her feet, presumably representing Serbia, and lists the officers and members of the organizing committee for the event. The president of the committee was Princess Alexis Karageorgevitch, a non-reigning member of the Serbian royal family.
Sergeant Willie Sandlin - He advanced alone directly on a machinegun nest which was holding up the line with its fire. He killed the crew with a grenade and enabled the line to advance. Later in the day he attacked alone and put out of action 2 other machinegun nests. September 26, 1918
In August 1968, near Tam Ky, Sgt. Nick Bacon’s squad came under fire. Bacon first led an assault to destroy a hostile bunker with grenades. Other soldiers, including his platoon leader, were wounded by a machine gun. Bacon took over and attacked the gun, killing its crew. When another platoon leader was wounded Bacon took charge of that platoon and continued fighting. He killed 4 more enemy soldiers. He kept fighting from the exposed deck of a tank until the wounded were evacuated.
Cpl. Charles Abrell was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on June 10, 1951 at Hwachon, Korea. While advancing against enemy hill positions, his platoon under heavy fire, and after being wounded twice during a single-handed assault against an enemy bunker, he pulled the pin from a hand grenade and hurled himself into the bunker, killing the enemy gun crew and himself in the explosion.
Peter Strasser (1 April 1876 – 6 August 1918) was chief commander of German Imperial Navy Zeppelins during World War I, the main force operating bombing campaigns from 1915 to 1917. He was killed when flying the war's last airship raid over Great Britain.
When murderous machinegun fire at a range of 50 yards had made it impossible for his platoon to advance, and had caused the platoon to take cover Sgt. Joseph Adkinson, alone, rushed across the 50 yards of open ground directly into the face of the hostile machinegun kicked the gun from the parapet into the enemy trench, and at the point of the bayonet captured the 3 men manning the gun. The gallantry and quick decision of this soldier enabled the platoon to resume its advance.
"You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end -- which you can never afford to lose -- with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be" James Stockdale wrote this. He was held for 71/2 years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam in a 3 x 9 foot cage. He was awarded 26 personal combat medals, including the Medal of Honor and four Silver Stars. His memory of college classes in Stoic philosophy help him cope as a prisoner of…
Lieutenant Colonel Percy Edward Leahy - 6 Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment Lt Col Leahy served in Gallipoli and in Egypt, before being posted to the Western Front where he was Mentioned in Despatches. He was killed by a shell, aged 35, while directing his men during a raid on German trenches on 17 July 1918. Lt Col Leahy is buried at Mazingarbe Communal Cemetery Extension.
First Sergeant Sidney Gumpertz - When the advancing line was held up by machinegun fire, 1st Sgt. Gumpertz left the platoon of which he was in command and started with two other soldiers through a heavy barrage toward the machinegun nest. His two companions soon became casualties from bursting shells, but 1st Sgt. Gumpertz continued on alone in the face of direct fire from the machinegun, jumped into the nest and silenced the gun, capturing 9 of the crew. September 29, 1918
Captain George Mallon - Led nine men in attacking a battery of four howitzers, rushing the position and capturing the battery and its crew. He personally attacked 1 of the enemy with his fists. Later, when they came upon 2 more machineguns, he sent men to the flanks while he rushed forward in the face of the fire and silenced the guns. His actions resulted in the capture of 100 prisoners, 11 machineguns, four howitzers and 1 antiaircraft gun. September 26, 1918
In August 1969, 22 year old Leonard L. Alvarado was with a small force sent to rescue a friendly platoon in Viet Nam. They were pinned down by the same force that had trapped the platoon. Acting alone, Alvarado forced the enemy to break contact. Despite being wounded by a grenade and another explosion, he crawled through severe enemy fire, pulled several soldiers to safety, laid down suppressing fire, and silenced enemy emplacements, including a machine gun. The award was posthumous.
Clifton B. Cates, Verdun, April 1918 by Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections, via Flickr. Photograph of future Commandant of the Marine Corps Clifton B. Cates in World War I. The inscription on the photograph reads: "Taken at Verdun Apr 1918". From the collection of Clifton B. Cates/COLL3157, United States Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections