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Thomas E. O'Shea
Medal of Honor recipient
Born (1895-04-18)April 18, 1895
Died September 29, 1918(1918-09-29) (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
Rank Corporal
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.[1]

O'Shea is buried in Somme American Cemetery and Memorial in Picardie, France.

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.

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