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Lt. Orlando Petty

Date of Award: Unknown
Conflict: World War I
Branch: U.S. Navy

Lt. Orlando Petty portraitOn June 11, 1918, Surgeon Petty was stationed near the front lines in the town of Lucy le Bocage, France. German artillery shelled the town, knocking Petty to the ground, tearing his gas mask, and destroying his dressing station. In spite of this, Petty continued treating the wounded and carried Capt. Lloyd Williams to safety when the station was demolished. For his bravery that day, Petty was decorated with the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star Citation, the French Croix de Guerre, and the Italian Croce di Guerra, in addition to the Medal of Honor.

Citation: “By his inspiring valor, steadfast perseverance, and selfless dedication to duty, Lieutenant Petty reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.”

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