Thomas Francis Prendergast

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Thomas Francis Prendergast
Born (1871-04-02)April 2, 1871
Waterford, Ireland
Died April 26, 1913(1913-04-26) (aged 42)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Place of burial Greenwood Cemetery, Philadelphia
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the United States Marine Corps.svg United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1893 - 1907
Rank Sergeant
Unit Eighth Army Corps (temporary attachment)
Battles/wars Philippine-American War
Awards Medal of Honor

Thomas Francis Prendergast or Pendegrast (2 April 1871, Waterford, Ireland – 26 April 1913, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his United States Marine Corps service in the Philippine-American War.

Military service[edit]

Prendergast joined the Marine Corps from Boston in May 1893, and was honorably discharged in July 1907.[1]

While a corporal, Prendergast was one of three Marines attached to the Eighth Army Corps, involved in the jungle fighting against the insurgent forces of Emilio Aguinaldo. In his Medal of Honor citation, he was cited for "distinguished conduct in the presence of the enemy in battle" for actions on March 25, 27, and 29 and April 5, 1899. In this period, American forces cleared the insurgents from the vicinity of Manila and captured the rebel capital of Malolos, forcing Aguinaldo's command northward into the mountains. His Medal of Honor was awarded on July 19, 1901.

The other men awarded Medals of Honor for these actions were Private Howard Major Buckley and Private Joseph Leonard.

Prendergast is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Philadelphia. His grave, which had long been unmarked, received a gravestone in 2004, with military honors.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: April 2, 1871, Waterford, Ireland. Accredited to: Massachusetts. G.O. No.: 55 July 19, 1901.


For distinguished conduct in the presence of the enemy in battle while with the Eighth Army Corps, 25, 27, March 29, and April 5, 1899.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ USMC History Division
  • ""PRENDERGAST, THOMAS FRANCIS" entry". Medal of Honor recipients: Philippine-American War. United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. Retrieved 2008-04-15.

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