b. 18/12/1883 Buffalo, New York. d. 25/05/1948 New York.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 29/09/1918 near Ronssoy, France.
Gaffney was born December 18, 1883 in Buffalo, New York. He died May 25, 1948, and is buried in United German and French Cemetery Buffalo, New York.
27th Division commander Major General John F. O'Ryan reportedly called PFC Gaffney "the human hurricane." PFC Gaffney also received the British Distinguished Conduct Medal, the French Croix de Guerre and Médaille militaire, and the Montenegrin Medal for Military Bravery. Gaffney, who was known as "the second bravest man in the U. S. Army," later lost his left arm in fighting at St. Souplet on October 15.
Pfc. Gaffney, an automatic rifleman, pushing forward alone, after all the other members of his squad had been killed, discovered several Germans placing a heavy machinegun in position. He killed the crew, captured the gun, bombed several dugouts, and, after killing 4 more of the enemy with his pistol, held the position until reinforcements came up, when 80 prisoners were captured.
BURIAL LOCATION: UNITED GERMAN/FRENCH CEMETERY, CHEEKTOWAGA, NEW YORK.
Section CC, Lot 133, Grave 12