Lieutenant Orlando H. Petty, Medical Corps, USNRF (1874-1932)



Orlando Henderson Petty was born on 20 February 1874 in Harrison, Ohio. He was appointed a Lieutenant Junior Grade in the Medical Corps from that same state in the U.S. Naval Reserve Force in December 1916. After the United States' entry into World War I, he served in France as an Assistant Surgeon and was promoted in March 1918 to the rank of Lieutenant.

On 11 June 1918, when his dressing station in Lucy, France came under enemy attack with high-explosive and gas shells, Petty quickly evacuated and attended to his patients. After being knocked to the ground and wounded by a gas shell, he courageously made his way to help a wounded Marine and carried him through shellfire to safety. For his "extraordinary heroism" on this occasion, he was awarded the Medal of Honor. Orlando H. Petty died on 2 June 1932 and is buried at St. Timothy's Church Yard, Roxborough, Pennsylvania.

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Lieutenant Orlando H. Petty, (M.C.), USNRF


Who was awarded the Medal of Honor for "extraordinary heroism" when he courageously saved a wounded Marine after an enemy explosive and gas shell attack on his dressing station at Lucy France, 11 June 1918.
The Navy Medal of Honor ("Tiffany Cross" pattern) is on the far left.

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Lieutenant Orlando H. Petty, (M.C.), USNRF


Who was awarded the Medal of Honor for "extraordinary heroism" when he courageously saved a wounded Marine after an enemy explosive and gas shell attack on his dressing station at Lucy France, 11 June 1918.
The original print was taken by the Root Studio of Chicago. It is presumably autographed by Petty.

NHHC Collection.

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U.S. Navy Medal of Honor citation of Lieutenant Orlando H. Petty, (M.C.), USNRF (as printed in the official publication "Medal of Honor, 1861-1949, The Navy", page 123):

"For extraordinary heroism while serving with the Fifth Regiment, United States Marines, in France during the attack in Bois de Belleau, 11 June 1918. While under heavy fire of high explosive and gas shells in the town of Lucy, where his dressing station was located, Lieutenant Petty attended to and evacuated the wounded under the most trying conditions. Having been knocked to the ground by an exploding gas shell which tore his mask, Lieutenant Petty discarded the mask and courageously continued his work. His dressing station being hit and demolished, he personally helped carry Captain Williams, wounded, through the shellfire to a place of safety."


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