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World War I - U.S. Army

Henry G Costin

  • Rank: Private
  • Conflict/Era: World War I
  • Unit/Command:
    Company H, 115th Infantry,
    29th Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: October 8, 1918
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Bois-de-Consenvoye, France
When the advance of his platoon had been held up by machine-gun fire and a request was made for an automatic rifle team to charge the nest, Pvt. Costin was the first to volunteer. Advancing with his team, under terrific fire of enemy artillery, machine guns, and trench mortars, he continued after all his comrades had become casualties and he himself had been seriously wounded. He operated his rifle until he collapsed. His act resulted in the capture of about 100 prisoners and several machine guns. He succumbed to the effects of his wounds shortly after the accomplishment of his heroic deed.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Born: June 15, 1898, Baltimore, Baltimore County, MD, United States
  • Died: October 8, 1918, France
  • Buried: Loudon Park National Cemetery (MH) (B-460) , Baltimore, MD, United States

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