Private, United States Army
Private, U.S. Army
Home: Hanceville, Alabama
Company K, 166th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 7, 1918
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Bobell Purdy, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Sedan, France, November 7, 1918.
Private Purdy was a member of a patrol sent
out to silence machine-gun nests which were holding up the battalion's
advance. When the officer leading the patrol fell mortally wounded this
soldier attempted to go to the officer's assistance, despite heavy fire
from machine-guns only 100 yards away, and was himself killed.
Photos Courtesy of Holly, November 2006