|Thomas Francis Prendergast|
|Born||April 2, 1871|
|Died||April 26, 1913(aged 42)|
|Place of birth||Waterford, Ireland|
|Place of death||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Place of burial||Greenwood Cemetery, Philadelphia|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1893 - 1907|
|Unit||VIII Corps (temporary attachment)|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Thomas Francis Prendergast or Pendegrast (2 April 1871, Waterford, Ireland – 26 April 1913, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his United States Marine Corps service in the Philippine-American War.
He entered service in the Marine Corps from Massachusetts in 1893.
As a Corporal, Prendergast was one of three Marines attached to the VIII Corps, involved in the jungle fighting against the insurgent forces of Emilio Aguinaldo. In his Medal of Honor citation, he was cited for "distinguished conduct in the presence of the enemy in battle" for actions on March 25, 27, and 29 and April 5, 1899. In this period, American forces cleared the insurgents from the vicinity of Manila and captured the rebel capital of Malolos, forcing Aguinaldo's command northward into the mountains. His Medal of Honor was awarded on July 19, 1901.
Prendergast is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Philadelphia. His grave, which had long been unmarked, received a gravestone in 2004, with military honors.
Medal of Honor citationEdit
Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: April 2, 1871, Waterford, Ireland. Accredited to: Massachusetts. G.O. No.: 55 July 19, 1901.
For distinguished conduct in the presence of the enemy in battle while with the Eighth Army Corps, 25, 27, March 29, and April 5, 1899.
- ""PRENDERGAST, THOMAS FRANCIS" entry". Medal of Honor recipients: Philippine-American War. United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/philippine.html. Retrieved 2008-04-15.
- "Photograph of grave site". http://www.homeofheroes.com/gravesites/states/pages_pz/prendergast_thomas.html.
- "Thomas Francis Prendergast". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/memorial/5542. Retrieved 2011-04-24.
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