September 29, 1918 – This Day During World War l – Medal of Honor recipient’s for actions in combat near Le Catelet, France

September 29, 1918 – Medal of Honor recipient’s for actions in combat near Le Catelet, France

Alan Louis Eggers Medal of Honor recipient (November 2, 1895 – October 3, 1968)
John Cridland Latham Medal of Honor recipient (March 3, 1888 – November 5, 1975)
Thomas E. O’Shea Medal of Honor recipient (April 18, 1895 – September 29, 1918)

Official Medal of Honor citation reads:

Becoming separated from their platoon by a smoke barrage, Sergeant Eggers, Sergeant John C. Latham and Corporal Thomas E. O’Shea took cover in a shell hole well within the enemy’s lines. Upon hearing a call for help from an American tank, which had become disabled 30 yards from them, the three soldiers left their shelter and started toward the tank, under heavy fire from German machineguns and trench mortars. In crossing the fire-swept area Corporal O’Shea was mortally wounded, but his companions, undeterred, proceeded to the tank, rescued a wounded officer, and assisted two wounded soldiers to cover in a sap of a nearby trench. Sergeant Eggers and Sergeant Latham then returned to the tank in the face of the violent fire, dismounted a Hotchkiss gun, and took it back to where the wounded men were, keeping off the enemy all day by effective use of the gun and later bringing it, with the wounded men, back to our lines under cover of darkness.

Alan Louis Eggers Medal of Honor recipient
John Cridland Latham Medal of Honor recipient
Thomas E. O’Shea Medal of Honor recipient

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