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Sgt Troy A. McGill

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Sgt Troy A. McGill Famous memorial

Birth
Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, USA
Death 4 Mar 1944 (aged 29)
Manus, Papua New Guinea
Burial Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, USA
Plot Section B, Grave 6294
Memorial ID 7874941 View Source

World War II Medal of Honor Recipient. He was killed in action. He served as a Sergeant in the United States Army in Troop G, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on March 4, 1944 at Admiralty Group, Los Negros Islands. Citation: On 29 February 1944, a reconnaissance-in-force of about 1,000 officers and men from the reinforced 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, landed on Los Negros. The initial landings caught the Japanese off guard, facing the opposite direction. But the Japanese fought back with a fury; vicious night fighting typified the next five days. Krueger threw sufficient reinforcements into the battle to tip the balance in the cavalrymen's favor. After three days of piecemeal attacks, the Japanese struck hard on the night of 3-4 March and nearly succeeded in breaking the cavalrymen's lines. During this action Sgt. Troy A. McGill and his eight-man squad withstood repeated attacks. When all but McGill and another man had been killed or wounded, McGill ordered the survivor to the rear, fired his rifle at the advancing Japanese until it jammed, then fought them in front of the position, using the rifle as a club until he was killed. His actions earned him a posthumous Medal of Honor. MacArthur's luck and daring, plus the courage of a handful of cavalrymen like Sergeant McGill, had won an impressive victory.

Bio by: Don Morfe

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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Don Morfe
  • Added: 17 Sep 2003
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 7874941
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7874941/troy-a-mcgill : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Troy A. McGill (15 Jul 1914–4 Mar 1944), Find a Grave Memorial ID 7874941, citing Knoxville National Cemetery, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .