Sergeant, U.S. Army, Troop G, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. For actions at Los Negros Islands, Admiralty Group.
March 04, 1944
Accredited to Oklahoma, McGill was born July 15, 1914, in Knoxville, TN. McGill entered service at Ada, OK, in November 1940 and is buried at Knoxville National Cemetery. A section of Interstate 40 through Knox, Sevier, Jefferson, and Cocke counties is named "Troy A. McGill Memorial Highway."
Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy at Los Negros Island, Admiralty Group, on 4 March 1944. In the early morning hours Sgt. McGill, with a squad of 8 men, occupied a revetment which bore the brunt of a furious attack by approximately 200 drinkcrazed enemy troops. Although covered by crossfire from machineguns on the right and left flank he could receive no support from the remainder of our troops stationed at his rear. All members of the squad were killed or wounded except Sgt. McGill and another man, whom he ordered to return to the next revetment. Courageously resolved to hold his position at all cost, he fired his weapon until it ceased to function. Then, with the enemy only 5 yards away, he charged from his foxhole in the face of certain death and clubbed the enemy with his rifle in handtohand combat until he was killed. At dawn 105 enemy dead were found around his position. Sgt. McGill's intrepid stand was an inspiration to his comrades and a decisive factor in the defeat of a fanatical enemy.