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Harold William Roberts

344th Tank Battalion, Tank Corps

Corporal, U.S. Army

Entered the Service from:

California

Died:

10/6/1918

Grave Location:

Plot B, Row 45, Grave 36

Cpl. Harold W. Roberts was enrolled at the University of California at Berkeley when war broke out. Wanting to contribute to the war effort, he enlisted and was assigned to the cavalry and sent to the Philippines. Wishing to see action, he requested a transfer to the Tank Corps.

On October 4, 1918, his unit was engaged in a fierce battle at the Montrebeau woods in the course of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Roberts moved the tank he was driving into a clump of bushes in order to protect another tank. His tank slid into a 10-feet-deep shell hole filled with water. Roberts knew that only one of the two men in the tank would make it out alive. In a moment of ultimate sacrifice, he pushed his companion, the gunner, through the back door of the tank, sacrificing his own life to do so.

Awards: Medal of Honor, French Medaille Militaire, French and Italian Croce al Merito di Guerra

Medal of Honor

Harold William Roberts, Bob, is buried in Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Plot B, Row 45, Grave 36.