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SGT Alan Louis Eggers

SGT Alan Louis Eggers

Birth
Saranac Lake, Franklin County, New York, USA
Death 3 Oct 1968 (aged 72)
USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 2, Lot 3387-A, Map Grid U/V 29
Memorial ID 11163 · View Source
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World War I Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served during World War I in the United States Army as a Sergeant in the Machine Gun Company of the 107th Infantry, 27th Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery near Le Catelet, France, on September 29, 1918. His citation reads “Becoming separated from their platoon by a smoke barrage, Sgt. Eggers, Sgt. John C. Latham and Cpl. Thomas E. O'Shea took cover in a shell hole well within the enemy's lines. Upon hearing a call for help from an American tank, which had become disabled 30 yards from them, the 3 soldiers left their shelter and started toward the tank, under heavy fire from German machineguns and trench mortars. In crossing the fire-swept area Cpl. O'Shea was mortally wounded, but his companions, undeterred, proceeded to the tank, rescued a wounded officer, and assisted 2 wounded soldiers to cover in a sap of a nearby trench. Sgt. Eggers and Sgt. Latham then returned to the tank in the face of the violent fire, dismounted a Hotchkiss gun, and took it back to where the wounded men were, keeping off the enemy all day by effective use of the gun and later bringing it, with the wounded men, back to our lines under cover of darkness”. His Medal was issued to him in 1919. Sergeant Latham was also awarded the CMOH for this action, and is also interred in Arlington National Cemetery.

Bio by: Russ Dodge


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  • Added: 25 Jul 2000
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SGT Alan Louis Eggers (2 Nov 1895–3 Oct 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11163, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .