The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*PERKINS, MICHAEL J.
Rank and Organization: Private First Class,
U.S. Army, Company D, 101st Infantry, 26th Division. Place and Date: At Belieu
Bois, France, 27 October 1918. Entered Service At: Boston, Mass. Birth:
Boston, Mass. G. O. No.: 34, W.D. 1919.
He voluntarily and alone, crawled to a German "pill box" machinegun emplacement,
from which grenades were being thrown at his platoon. Awaiting his opportunity, when the
door was again opened and another grenade thrown, he threw a bomb inside, bursting the
door open, and then, drawing his trench knife, rushed into the emplacement. In a
hand-to-hand struggle he killed or wounded several of the occupants and captured about 25
prisoners, at the same time silencing 7 machineguns.