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.
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