The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*O'SHEA, THOMAS E.
Rank and Organization: Corporal, U.S. Army,
Machine Gun Company, 107th Infantry, 27th Division. Place and Date: Near Le
Catelet, France, 29 September 1918. Entered Service At: Summit, N.J. Birth:
New York, N.Y. G. O. No.: 20, W.D., 1919.
Becoming separated from their platoon by a smoke barrage, Cpl. O'Shea, with 2 other
soldiers, 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 and died of his wounds shortly afterwards.