Rank: First Lieutenant
Organization: U.S. Army
Division: 50th Aero Squadron
Born: 21 July 1890, Chicago, Ill.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Chicago, Ill.
G.O. Number: 56
Date of Issue: 12/31/1922
Accredited To:
Place / Date: Near Binarville, France, 6 October 1918


Army Medal of Honor

1st. Lt. Goettler, with his observer, 2d Lt. Erwin R. Bleckley, 130th Field Artillery, left the airdrome late in the afternoon on their second trip to drop supplies to a battalion of the 77th Division which had been cut off by the enemy in the Argonne Forest. Having been subjected on the first trip to violent fire from the enemy, they attempted on the second trip to come still lower in order to get the packages even more precisely on the designated spot. In the course of this mission the plane was brought down by enemy rifle and machinegun fire from the ground, resulting in the instant death of 1st. Lt. Goettler. In attempting and performing this mission 1st. Lt. Goettler showed the highest possible contempt of personal danger, devotion to duty, courage and valor.