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World War I - U.S. Army

Thomas E O'Shea

  • Rank: Corporal
  • Conflict/Era: World War I
  • Unit/Command:
    3d Platoon, Machine Gun Company, 107th Infantry,
    27th Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: September 29, 1918
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Le Catelet, France
Becoming separated from their platoon by a smoke barrage, Cpl. O'Shea, with two other soldiers, took cover in a shell hole well within the enemy's lines. Upon hearing a call for help from an American tank, which had become disabled 30 yards from them, the three soldiers left their shelter and started toward the tank under heavy fire from German machine guns and trench mortars. In crossing the fire-swept area Cpl. O'Shea was mortally wounded and died of his wounds shortly afterwards.
Medal of Honor Recipient Thomas E. O'Shea
Medal of Honor Recipient Thomas E. O'Shea
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Summit, Union County, New Jersey
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Born: April 18, 1895, New York, NY, United States
  • Died: September 29, 1918, France
  • Buried: Somme Cemetery (MH) (B-16-14), Bony Aisne, France

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