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World War I - U.S. Army

John Hunter Wickersham

  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Conflict/Era: World War I
  • Unit/Command:
    353d Infantry,
    89th Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: September 12, 1918
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Limey
Advancing with his platoon during the St. Mihiel offensive, he was severely wounded in four places by the bursting of a high-explosive shell. Before receiving any aid for himself, he dressed the wounds of his orderly, who was wounded at the same time. He then ordered and accompanied the further advance of his platoon, although weakened by the loss of blood. His right hand and arm being disabled by wounds, he continued to fire his revolver with his left hand until, exhausted by loss of blood, he fell and died from his wounds before aid could be administered.
Medal of Honor Recipient John H. Wickersham
Medal of Honor Recipient John H. Wickersham
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Denver, Denver County, Colorado
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Born: February 3, 1890, New York, NY, United States
  • Died: September 12, 1918, France
  • Buried: St. Mihiel Cemetery (MH) (B-19-12) Fairmount Cemetery (IMO)(7) Denver, Colorado, Thiaucourt, France

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