Born at Chicago, Illinois, December 15, 1894, he earned the Medal of Honor in World War I while serving with Company E, 131st Infantry, 33rd Division, American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) at Hamel, France, July 4, 1918. The Medal was actually issued in 1919.
He died on June 14, 1989 and was buried in Section 35 of Arlington National Cemetery.
POPE, THOMAS A.
Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, Company E, 131st Infantry, 33d Division. Place and date: At Hamel, France, 4 July 1918. Entered service at: Chicago, Illinois. Birth: Chicago, Illinois. GO. No.: 44, W.D., 1919.
His company was advancing behind the tanks when it was halted by hostile machinegun fire. Going forward alone, he rushed a machinegun nest, killed several of the crew with his bayonet, and, standing astride his gun, held off the others until reinforcements arrived and captured them.
POPE, THOMAS A
- CPL US ARMY
- WORLD WAR I
- DATE OF BIRTH: 12/15/1894
- DATE OF DEATH: 06/14/1989
- BURIED AT: SECTION 35 SITE 3157
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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