Thursday, July 14, 2016

Illinois World War II Medal of Honor Recipient Thomas A. Pope

1894-1989.  Born in Chicago.

The last-surviving World War I Medal of Honor recipient., receiving it for action in Hamel, France on 4 July 1918.  His company was advancing behind tanks when they came under gunfire.He rushed forward alone against a machine gun nest.

Mr. Pope killed several Germans with his bayonet and stood astride the machine gun and held off the others until reinforcements arrived and captured them.

Buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

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