|Thomas E. O'Shea|
Medal of Honor recipient
|Born||April 18, 1895|
|Died||September 29, 1918(aged 23)|
|Place of birth||New York City, New York|
|Place of death||France|
|Buried at||Somme American Cemetery and Memorial|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Unit||Machine Gun Company, 107th Infantry, 27th Division|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Thomas E. O'Shea (April 18, 1895 – September 29, 1918) was a United States Army corporal during World War I. He was killed by Germans while trying to rescue others near Le Catelet, France on September 29, 1918. He posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions. O'Shea was a resident of Summit, New Jersey.
Medal of Honor citationEdit
- Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, Machine Gun Company, 107th Infantry, 27th Division.
- Place and date: Near Le Catelet, France, 29 September 1918.
- Entered service at: Summit, New Jersey.
- Birth: New York City, New York.
- General Orders No.20. War Department, 1919.
Becoming separated from their platoon by a smoke barrage, Cpl. O'Shea, with 2 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 3 soldiers left their shelter and started toward the tank under heavy fire from German machineguns and trench mortars. In crossing the fire-swept area Cpl. O'Shea was mortally wounded and died of his wounds shortly afterwards.
- ↑ Staff. "78 WIN AMERICA'S HIGHEST WAR HONOR; One for Every 15,400 Soldiers in Battle Gets Congressional Medal. 12 IN THIRTIETH DIVISION Southern Guard Organization Tops List--New York Leads Among States.", The New York Times, August 13, 1919. Accessed February 18, 2011.
- This article incorporates from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
- "The United States Army Center of Military History, World War I Medal of Honor recipients". http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/worldwari.html. Retrieved 2008-10-19.
- "Thomas E. O'Shea". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=8154588. Retrieved 2008-10-19.
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