Born at Saranac Lake, New York, on November 2, 1895, he earned the Medal of Honor in World War I while serving in Machine Gun Company, 107th Infantry, 27th Division, at Le Catelet, France, on September 29, 1918.
He died on October 3, 1968 and was buried in Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery.
EGGERS, ALAN LOUIS
Rank and organization: Sergeant, 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: Saranac Lake, New York. G.O. No.: 20, W.D., 1919.
Becoming separated from their platoon by a smoke barrage, Sgt. Eggers, Sgt. John C. Latham and Cpl. Thomas E.O'Shea 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, but his companions, undeterred, proceeded to the tank, rescued a wounded officer, and assisted 2 wounded soldiers to cover in a sap of a nearby trench. Sgt. Eggers and Sgt. Latham then returned to the tank in the face of the violent fire, dismounted a Hotchkiss gun, and took it back to where the wounded men were, keeping off the enemy all day by effective use of the gun and later bringing it, with the wounded men, back to our lines under cover of darkness.
EGGERS, ALAN LOUIS
SGT MACHINE GUN CO., 107 INF., 27 DIV NY USA
- DATE OF BIRTH: 11/02/1895
- DATE OF DEATH: 10/03/1968
- BURIED AT: SECTION 2 SITE 3387-A
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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