8 October 1918 — Fleville, France
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John E. Personett, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Hill 272, near Fleville, France, October 8, 1918. Although severely wounded at the beginning of the attack, Sergeant Personett refused to be evacuated, but continued to direct his platoon in the advance. In an attack on an enemy machine-gun position, after all other members of his group were killed or wounded in the attack, he alone rushed the position and captured the gun and crew. This permitted the further advance of the company.
In addition to the Distinguished Service Cross, Sgt. Personett was also awarded the Silver Star, three Purple Hearts, and the French Croix de Guerre.