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Joseph H. Thompson-Beaver Falls, PA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 40° 45.636 W 080° 20.778
17T E 555175 N 4512387
Quick Description: World War I Medal of Honor Recipient for action near Apremont, France on October 1, 1918. He attained the rank of Colonel. He is buried in Beaver Falls Cemetery, Beaver Falls PA in Section A, Lot 55.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 10/5/2017 1:36:58 PM
Waymark Code: WMWR65
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Long Description:
He was born on September 26, 1871 in Kilkeel County Down, Ireland and died on February 1, 1928 in Beaver Falls, PA. His Medal of Honor information and citation is:
Rank and Organization: Major, U.S. Army, 110th Infantry, 28th Division. Place and Date: Near Apremont, France, 1 October 1918. Entered Service At: Beaver Falls, Pa. Born: 26 September 1871, Kilkeel, County Down, Ireland. G. O. No.: 21, W.D., 1925.
Counterattacked by 2 regiments of the enemy, Maj. Thompson encouraged his battalion in the front line of constantly braving the hazardous fire of machineguns and artillery. His courage was mainly responsible for the heavy repulse of the enemy. Later in the action, when the advance of his assaulting companies was held up by fire from a hostile machinegun nest and all but 1 of the 6 assaulting tanks were disabled, Maj. Thompson, with great gallantry and coolness, rushed forward on foot 3 separate times in advance of the assaulting line, under heavy machinegun and antitank-gun fire, and led the 1 remaining tank to within a few yards of the enemy machinegun nest, which succeeded in reducing it, thereby making it possible for the infantry to advance.
Armed Service: Army

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