Thomas A. Pope
|Thomas A. Pope|
Corporal Thomas Pope
December 15, 1894|
|Died||June 14, 1989(aged 94)|
|Place of burial||Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Unit||Company E, 131st Infantry, 33d Division|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
|Awards||Medal of Honor
Croix de Guerre (France)
Thomas A. Pope (December 15, 1894 – June 14, 1989) was a soldier in the United States Army who received the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Battle of Hamel during World War I. For this action he was also awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal by King George V.
Pope was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 15, 1894 and died June 14, 1989. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. His grave can be found in section 35, lot 3157. Pope was the last surviving Army Medal of Honor recipient of World War One when he passed away.
Medal of Honor citation
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, Ill. Birth: Chicago, Ill. G.O. 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.". Army of Medal of Honor website. 2009-08-03. Retrieved 2009-08-28.
- "Thomas A. Pope". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved 2009-08-28.
- "Thomas A. Pope". Hall of Valor. Military Times.
- "Arlington Cemetery Biography".
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