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World War I - U.S. Army

Harold W Roberts

  • Rank: Corporal
  • Conflict/Era: World War I
  • Unit/Command:
    Company A, 344th Battalion,
    Tank Corps
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: October 4, 1918
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Montrebeau Woods, France
Cpl. Roberts, a tank driver, was moving his tank into a clump of bushes to afford protection to another tank which had become disabled. The tank slid into a shell hole, 10 feet deep, filled with water, and was immediately submerged. Knowing that only one of the two men in the tank could escape, Cpl. Roberts said to the gunner, "Well only one of us can get out, and out you go," whereupon he pushed his companion through the back door of the tank and was himself drowned.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: San Francisco, San Francisco County, California
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: April 15, 1919
    Presented in San Francisco, Ca., to his father, John A. Roberts, by Major General John F. Morrison.
  • Born: October 14, 1895, San Francisco, San Francisco County, CA, United States
  • Died: October 4, 1918, France
  • Buried: Meuse-Argonne Cemetery (MH) (B-45-36), Romagne Meuse, France

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