Troy in Rensselaer County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
St. Peter's Cemetery
Lt Col William O'Brien
105th Inf. Regt. 27th Inf. Div.
Corporal Owen McGough
Btry. D 5th US Arty.
Erected by Rensselaer County Veterans Organization.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
Location. 42° 45.437′ N, 73° 40.063′ W. Marker is in Troy, New York, in Rensselaer County. Marker is on Oakwood Ave., on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Troy NY 12182, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George Henry Thomas (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Warren Family Mortuary Chapel: 1861 (about 600 feet away); Third Street Burial Grounds, 1824 (about 700 feet away); William Henry Freeman (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gardner Earl Memorial Chapel & Crematorium (approx. ¼ mile away); Amos Eaton (approx. ¼ mile away); Major General John Ellis Wool (approx. 0.3 miles away); Historic Oakwood Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Troy.
Regarding St. Peter's Cemetery. William J. O'Brien:
•Rank and organization: Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, 1st Battalion, 105th Infantry, 27th Infantry Division
•Place and date: At Saipan, Marianas Islands, 20 June through 7 July 1944
•Entered service at: Troy, N.Y.
•G.O. No.: 35, 9 May 1945
Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty at Saipan, Marianas Islands, from 20 June through 7 July 1944. When assault elements of his platoon were held up by intense enemy fire, Lt. Col. O'Brien ordered 3 tanks to precede the assault companies in an attempt to knock out the strongpoint. Due to direct enemy fire the tanks' turrets were closed, causing the tanks to lose direction and to fire into our own troops. Lt. Col. O'Brien, with complete disregard for his own safety, dashed into full view of the enemy and ran to the leader's tank, and pounded on the tank with his pistol butt to attract 2 of the tank's crew and, mounting the tank fully exposed to enemy fire, Lt. Col. O'Brien personally directed the assault until the enemy strongpoint had been liquidated. On 28 June 1944, while his platoon was attempting to take a bitterly defended high ridge in the vicinity of Donnay, Lt. Col. O'Brien arranged to capture the ridge by a double envelopment movement of 2 large combat battalions. He personally took control of
Plot; "Old Section" St. Peter's Cemetery
•Rank and organization: Corporal, Battery D, 5th U.S. Artillery
•Place and date: At Bull Run, Virginia, 21 July 1861
•Date of issue: 28 August 1897
Citation: Through his personal exertions under a heavy fire, one of the guns of his battery was brought off the field; all the other guns were lost.
Also see . . .
1. LTC William Joseph O'Brien on Find-A-Grave. (Submitted on July 3, 2016, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
2. Owen McGough on Find-A-Grave. (Submitted on July 3, 2016, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
Additional keywords. MOH
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