Thomas Henderson Farnsworth
First Lieutenant, United States Army
Birth: Washington, DC
First Lieutenant (Air Service), U.S. Army
Pilot, 96th Aero Squadron, Air Service, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 13, 1918
General Orders No. 126, W.D., 1919
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Thomas H. Farnsworth, First Lieutenant (Air Service), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Thiaucourt, France, September 13, 1918.
After being badly wounded Lieutenant Farnsworth shot down an enemy plane and made a perfect landing. His first thoughts upon landing were for his observer, who had been thrown from his plane during the action. Lieutenant Farnsworth died shortly after being taken to the aid station.
NOTE: His nephew, and namesake, Thomas
Henderson Farnsworth, Colonel, United States Army, is also buried in
Arlington National Cemetery.
Posted: 2 November 2007
Photo By: M. R. Patterson, October 2007