Sergeant Troy McGill was born 15 July 1914 in Knoxville, Tennessee. In November 1940 he enlisted into the US Army at Ada, Oklahoma. During his service he was promoted to Sergeant and distinguished himself at Los Negros of the Admiralty Islands.
On 4 March 1944 in the early morning hours SGT McGill, along with a squad of eight men, occupied a revetment which bore the brunt of a furious attack by approximately 200 drink-crazed enemy
troops. Although covered by crossfire from machine guns on his right and left flanks, he could receive no support from the remainder of the squad positioned at his rear. All members of the squad were killed
or wounded except himself and another soldier, whom he ordered to return to the next revetment. Courageously resolved to hold the position, he fired his rifle until it ceased to fire then used it to club the enemy in hand-to-hand combat until he was killed.
On 11 September 1944 he was awarded the Medal of Honor.