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World War I - U.S. Army

Harold Arthur Furlong

  • Rank: First Lieutenant (Highest Rank: Colonel)
  • Conflict/Era: World War I
  • Unit/Command:
    Company M, 353d Infantry,
    89th Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: November 1, 1918
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Bantheville, France
Immediately after the opening of the attack in the Bois-de-Bantheville, when his company was held up by severe machine-gun fire from the front, which killed his company commander and several soldiers, 1st Lt. Furlong moved out in advance of the line with great courage and coolness, crossing an open space several hundred yards wide. Taking up a position behind the line of the machine guns, he closed in on them, one at a time, killing a number of the enemy with his rifle, putting four machine-gun nests out of action, and driving 20 German prisoners into our lines.
Medal of Honor Recipient Harold A. Furlong
Medal of Honor Recipient Harold A. Furlong
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: February 9, 1919
    Chaumont, France, presented by Gen.John J. Pershing
  • Born: August 1, 1895, Pontiac, Oakland County, MI, United States
  • Died: July 27, 1987, Clarkston, MI, United States
  • Buried: Oak Hill Cemetery (PM) (2-155-3), Pontiac, MI, United States
  • Location of Medal: Michigan Heroes Museum, Frankenmuth, MI

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