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World War I - U.S. Army

M. Waldo Hatler

  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Conflict/Era: World War I
  • Unit/Command:
    Company B, 356th Infantry,
    89th Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: November 8, 1918
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Pouilly, France

When volunteers were called for to secure information as to the enemy's position on the opposite bank of the Meuse River, Sgt. Hatler was the first to offer his services for the dangerous mission. Swimming across the river, he succeeded in reaching the German lines after another soldier, who had started with him, had been seized with cramps and drowned in midstream. Alone he carefully and courageously reconnoitered the enemy's positions, which were held in force, and again successfully swam the river, bringing back information of great value.

Medal of Honor Recipient M. W. Hatler
Medal of Honor Recipient M. W. Hatler
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Neosho, Newton County, Missouri
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: 1919

    At a park in Kansas City, Kansas, by a group of Army officers from Fort Leavenworth.

  • Born: January 6, 1894, Bolivar, Polk County, MO, United States
  • Died: August 31, 1967, Sulphur Springs, AR, United States
  • Buried: Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery (PMH), Springs Sulphur, AR, United States

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