The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*MILLER, OSCAR F.
Rank and Organization: Major, U.S. Army, 361st
Infantry, 91st Division. Place and Date: Near Gesnes, France, 28 September 1918. Entered
Service At: Los Angeles, Calif. Birth: Franklin County, Ark. G. O. No.:
16, W.D. 1919.
After 2 days of intense physical and mental strain, during which Maj. Miller had led his
battalion in the front line of the advance through the forest of Argonne, the enemy was
met in a prepared position south of Gesnes. Though almost exhausted, he energetically
reorganized his battalion and ordered an attack. Upon reaching open ground the advancing
line began to waver in the face of machinegun fire from the front and flanks and direct
artillery fire. Personally leading his command group forward between his front-line
companies, Maj. Miller inspired his men by his personal courage, and they again pressed on
toward the hostile position. As this officer led the renewed attack he was shot in the
right leg, but he nevertheless staggered forward at the head of his command. Soon
afterwards he was again shot in the right arm, but he continued the charge, personally
cheering his troops on through the heavy machinegun fire. Just before the objective was
reached he received a wound in the abdomen, which forced him to the ground, but he
continued to urge his men on, telling them to push on to the next ridge and leave him
where he lay. He died from his wounds a few days later.