Harold W. Roberts

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Harold W. Roberts
Army Medal of Honor
Born (1895-10-14)October 14, 1895
San Francisco, California
Died October 6, 1918(1918-10-06) (aged 23)
Montrebeau Woods, France
Place of burial Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial, Romagne, France
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch Emblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service 1916 - 1918
Rank Corporal
Unit Company A, 344th Battalion, Tank Corps
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Medal of Honor ribbon.svg Medal of Honor

Harold W. Roberts (October 14, 1895 – October 6, 1918) was a United States Army Corporal and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions in World War I.[1]

Camp Roberts, California was named after him.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Army Company A, 344th Battalion, Tank Corps. Place and date: In the Montrebeau Woods France 4 October 1918. Entered service at: San Francisco, Calif. Birth: San Francisco, Calif. G.O. No.: 16, W.D., 1919.


Cpl. Roberts, a tank driver, was moving his tank into a clump of bushes to afford protection to another tank which had become disabled. The tank slid into a shell hole, 10 feet deep, filled with water, and was immediately submerged. Knowing that only 1 of the 2 men in the tank could escape, Cpl. Roberts said to the gunner, "Well, only one of us can get out, and out you go," whereupon he pushed his companion through the back door of the tank and was himself drowned.[1]

See also[edit]

Roberts' grave marker in Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
  1. ^ a b "Medal of Honor recipients". World War I War Medal of Honor recipients. United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 

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