SGTLOUISCUKELA Medal of Honor 1918 5/1 Belleau Wood, France
MEDAL OF HONOR
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
66th Company, 5th Regiment
July 18, 1918
When his company, advancing through a wood, met with strong resistance from an enemy strong point, Sergeant Cukela crawled out from the flank and made his way toward the German lines in the face of heavy fire, disregarding the warnings of his comrades. He succeeded in getting behind the enemy position and rushed a machine-gun emplacement, killing or driving off the crew with his bayonet. With German hand grenades he then bombed out the remaining portion of the strong point, capturing four men and two damaged machine guns.