Michael J. Perkins
Private First Class, Company D, 101st Infantry, 26th Division, U.S. Army.Awarded for actions at Belieu Bois, France.
October 27, 1918
Born in Boston, MA, in 1899, Perkins joined the Army in 1916. He survived the battle for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor but was killed by an artillery shell the next day. He is buried in Mattapan, MA.
Citation: 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.