John Porter Pryor
Captain, United States Army
Captain, U.S. Army
Homr: El Paso, Texas
2d Machine-Gun Battalion, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4 - 6, 1918
General Orders No. No. 15, W.D., 1923
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John P. Pryor, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action during the Meuse- Argonne offensive, near Exermont, France, October 4 - 6, 1918.
Attacked by Spanish influenza, Captain Pryor
refused to leave his command for medical treatment because of the heavy
casualties among the officers of the battalion to which his company was
attached. Captain Pryor remained with his command, participating in the
heavy fighting around Exermont and Hill 240, inspiring his men through
his conspicuous bravery and indomitable will until he collapsed upon the
field of battle, and was carried from the field, dying while en route to