Rank and organization: Carpenter's Mate
Third Class, U.S. Navy. Place and date: Island of Basilan, Philippine Islands, 24
September 1911. Entered service at: Nebraska. Birth: Sutton, Nebr. G.O.
No.: 138, 13 December 1911.
While attached to the U.S.S. Pampang, Volz was one of a shore party moving in to capture
Mundang, on the island of Basilan, Philippine Islands, on 24 September 1911. Investigating
a group of nipa huts close to the trail, the advance scout party was suddenly taken under
point-blank fire and rushed by approximately 20 enemy Moros attacking from inside the huts
and other concealed positions. Volz responded instantly to calls for help and, finding all
members of the scout party writhing on the ground but still fighting, he blazed his rifle
into the outlaws with telling effect, destroying several of the Moros and assisting in the
rout of the remainder. By his aggressive charging of the enemy under heavy fire and in the
face of great odds, Volz contributed materially to the success of the engagement.