Thomas Francis Prendergast
|Thomas Francis Prendergast|
April 2, 1871|
|Died||April 26, 1913
|Place of burial||Greenwood Cemetery, Philadelphia|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1893 - 1907|
|Unit||Eighth Army Corps (temporary attachment)|
|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.
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.
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
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.
- 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.
- "Photograph of grave site".
- "Thomas Francis Prendergast". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved 2011-04-24.
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