Harold W. Roberts
|Harold W. Roberts|
Army Medal of Honor
October 14, 1895|
San Francisco, California
|Died||October 6, 1918
Montrebeau Woods, France
|Place of burial||Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial, Romagne, France|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
||United States Army|
|Years of service||1916 - 1918|
|Unit||Company A, 344th Battalion, Tank Corps|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
|Awards||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.
Camp Roberts, California was named after him.
Medal of Honor citation
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.
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
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- "Harold W. Roberts". Hall of Valor. Military Times. Retrieved November 26, 2010.
- "Californians and the Military: Corporal Harold W. Roberts, Medal Of Honor Recipient". The California State Military Museum. November 26, 2008. Retrieved November 26, 2010.
- "Corporal Harold W. Roberts at Montrebeau Woods". Retrieved November 26, 2010.
- Department of the Army (2007). The Soldier's Guide: The Complete Guide to U.S. Army Traditions, Training, Duties, and Responsibilities. Skyhorse Publishing Inc. ISBN 9781602391642. Retrieved November 26, 2010.
- California Center for Military History (2005). Images of America: Camp Roberts. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7385-3055-0. Retrieved November 26, 2010.
- Only one of us can get out-and out you go: The splendid sacrifice of an American tank driver. Harper's pictorial library of the world war, Volume 11. Harper. 1920. pp. 386–387.