Rank: First Lieutenant
Organization: U.S. Army
Division: 94th Aero Squadron
Born: 8 October 1890, Columbus, Ohio
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Columbus, Ohio
G.O. Number: 2
Date of Issue: 12/31/1931
Accredited To:
Place / Date: Near Billy, France, 25 September 1918


Army Medal of Honor

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy near Billy, France, 25 September 1918. While on a voluntary patrol over the lines, 1st Lt. Rickenbacker attacked 7 enemy planes (5 type Fokker, protecting two type Halberstadt). Disregarding the odds against him, he dived on them and shot down one of the Fokkers out of control. He then attacked one of the Halberstadts and sent it down also.