Lieutenant Commander James Jonas Madison

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War / Conflict World War I
KIA-MIA-POW
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Bio James Jonas Madison suffered amputation of his leg from wounds in this incident, that forced his retirement from the Navy on August 20, 1920.
Date of Birth May 20, 1884
Where Born Jersey City, New Jersey
Remarks Tiffany Cross
Action Date October 4, 1918
Battle-Incident Aboard Ship, At Sea
Citation The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Lieutenant Commander James Jonas Madison, United States Navy (Reserve Force), for exceptionally heroic service in a position of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. TICONDEROGA, when, on 4 October 1918, that vessel was attacked by an enemy submarine and was sunk after a prolonged and gallant resistance. The submarine opened fire at a range of 500 yards, the first shots taking effect on the bridge and forecastle, one of the two forward guns of the TICONDEROGA being disabled by the second shot. The fire was returned and the fight continued for nearly two hours. Lieutenant Commander Madison was severely wounded early in the fight, but caused himself to be placed in a chair on the bridge and continued to direct the fire and to maneuver the ship. When the order was finally given to abandon the sinking ship, he became unconscious from loss of blood, but was lowered into a lifeboat and was saved, with thirty-one others, out of a total number of 236 on board.
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Company Commanding Officer
Battalion
Regiment
Division U.S.S. Ticonderoga
Date of Death December 25, 1922
Cemetery Fairview Cemetery
Where Buried Fairview, New Jersey

Sergeant Louis Cukela

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War / Conflict World War I
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Bio Sergeant Cukela served a two-year “hitch” in the army from 1914 – 1916, then joined the Marine Corps when his army enlistment was fulfilled. He retired as a Major in 1940, but returned to service when war broke out and served until 1946. He is one of five Marines to receive TWO Medals of Honor in World War I, and one of only 19 Total Double Recipients of the award.
Date of Birth May 1, 1888
Where Born Spalato, Yugoslavia
Remarks Tiffany Cross
Action Date July 18, 1918
Battle-Incident Villers-Cotterets, France
Citation The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor (Navy Award) to Sergeant Louis Cukela (MCSN: 207), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 66th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F., during action in Forest de Retz, near Viller-Cotterets, France, 18 July 1918. Sergeant Cukela advanced alone against an enemy strong point that was holding up his line. Disregarding the warnings of his comrades, he crawled out from the flank in the face of heavy fire and worked his way to the rear of the enemy position. Rushing a machine-gun emplacement, he killed or drove off the crew with his bayonet, bombed out the remaining part of the strong point with German hand grenades, and captured two machine guns and four men.
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Award Presentation
Company 66th Rifle Company
Battalion
Regiment Fifth Regiment (Marines)
Division 2d Division, American Expeditionary Forces
Date of Death March 19, 1956
Cemetery Arlington National Cemetery
Where Buried Arlington, Virginia

First Lieutenant (Infantry) Harold Arthur Furlong

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War / Conflict World War I
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Bio Harold Furlong joined the Michigan National Guard after earning the Medal of Honor on active duty.
Date of Birth August 1, 1895
Where Born Pontiac, Michigan
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Action Date November 1, 1918
Battle-Incident Bantheville
Citation The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Harold Arthur Furlong, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 1 November 1918, while serving with Company M, 353d Infantry, 89th Division, in action at Bantheville, France. Immediately after the opening of the attack in the Bois-de-Bantheville, when his company was held up by severe machinegun fire from the front, which killed his company commander and several soldiers, First Lieutenant Furlong moved out in advance of the line with great courage and coolness, crossing an open space several hundred yards wide. Taking up a position behind the line of the machineguns, he closed in on them, one at a time, killing a number of the enemy with his rifle, putting four machinegun nests out of action, and driving 20 German prisoners into our lines.
Award Authority War Department, General Orders No. 16 ( January 22, 1919)
Award Presentation Presented at Chaumont, France, by General John J. Pershing on February 9, 1919
Company Company M
Battalion
Regiment 353d Infantry
Division 89th Division
Date of Death July 27, 1987
Cemetery Oak Hill Cemetery
Where Buried Pontiac, Michigan

Lieutenant Commander (Dental Corps) Alexander Gordon Lyle

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War / Conflict World War I
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Date of Birth November 12, 1889
Where Born Gloucester, Massachusetts
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Action Date April 23, 1918
Battle-Incident French Front Lines, France
Citation The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Lieutenant Commander (Dental Corps) Alexander Gordon Lyle, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with the Fifth Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, American Expeditionary Forces. Under heavy shellfire, on 23 April 1918, on the French Front, Lieutenant Commander Lyle rushed to the assistance of Corporal Thomas Regan, who was seriously wounded, and administered such effective surgical aid while bombardment was still continuing, as to save the life of Corporal Regan.
Award Authority Date of Issue: December 11, 1919
Award Presentation
Company Dental Corps (Attached)
Battalion
Regiment 5th Regiment (Marines)
Division 2d Division, American Expeditionary Forces
Date of Death July 15, 1955
Cemetery Arlington National Cemetery
Where Buried Arlington, Virginia

Captain (Infantry) Louis Warlaw Miles

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War / Conflict World War I
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Date of Birth March 23, 1873
Where Born Baltimore, Maryland
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Action Date September 14, 1918
Battle-Incident Revillon, France
Citation The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Captain (Infantry) Louis Warlaw Miles, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 14 September 1918, while serving with 308th Infantry, 77th Division, in action at Revillon, France. Captain Miles volunteered to lead his company in a hazardous attack on a commanding trench position near the Aisne Canal, which other troops had previously attempted to take without success. His company immediately met with intense machinegun fire, against which it had no artillery assistance, but Captain Miles preceded the first wave and assisted in cutting a passage through the enemy’s wire entanglements. In so doing he was wounded five times by machinegun bullets, both legs and one arm being fractured, whereupon he ordered himself placed on a stretcher and had himself carried forward to the enemy trench in order that he might encourage and direct his company, which by this time had suffered numerous casualties. Under the inspiration of this officer’s indomitable spirit his men held the hostile position and consolidated the front line after an action lasting two hours, at the conclusion of which Captain Miles was carried to the aid station against his will.
Award Authority War Department, General Orders No. 44 (April 2, 1919)
Award Presentation
Company
Battalion
Regiment 308th Infantry
Division 77th Division
Date of Death June 27, 1944
Cemetery Green Mountain Cemetery
Where Buried Baltimore, Maryland

Pharmacist’s Mate First Class John Henry Balch

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War / Conflict World War I
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Date of Birth January 2, 1896
Where Born Edgerton, Kansas
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Action Date July 19 & October 5, 1918
Battle-Incident Vierzy & Somme-Py, France
Citation The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Pharmacist’s Mate First Class John Henry Balch, United States Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty, while serving with the Sixth Regiment, U.S. Marines, in action at Vierzy, France, on 19 July 1918. Pharmacists Mate First Class Balch unhesitatingly and fearlessly exposed himself to terrific machinegun and high-explosive fire to succor the wounded as they fell in the attack, leaving his dressing station voluntarily and keeping up the work all day and late into the night unceasingly for Sixteen hours. Also in the action at Somme-Py, France, on 5 October 1918, he exhibited exceptional bravery in establishing an advanced dressing station under heavy shellfire.
Award Authority Date of Issue: September 1919
Award Presentation Presented at Great Lakes Naval Station, Illinois, by Admiral William A. Moffett in September, 1919
Company Corpsman (Attached)
Battalion
Regiment 6th Regiment (Marines)
Division 2d Division, American Expeditionary Forces
Date of Death October 15, 1980
Cemetery Riverside National Cemetery
Where Buried Riverside, California

Sergeant Willie Sandlin

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War / Conflict World War I
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Date of Birth January 1, 1890
Where Born Jackson, Kentucky
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Action Date September 26, 1918
Battle-Incident Bois-de-Forges, France
Citation The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Sergeant Willie Sandlin (ASN: 2078103), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 26 September 1918, while serving with Company A, 132d Infantry, 33d Division, in action at Bois-de-Forges, France. Sergeant Sandlin showed conspicuous gallantry in action by advancing alone directly on a machinegun nest which was holding up the line with its fire. He killed the crew with a grenade and enabled the line to advance. Later in the day he attacked alone and put out of action two other machinegun nests, setting a splendid example of bravery and coolness to his men.
Award Authority War Department, General Orders No. 16 ( January 22, 1919)
Award Presentation Presented at Chaumont, France, by General John J. Pershing on February 9, 1919
Company Company A
Battalion
Regiment 132d Infantry
Division 33d Division
Date of Death May 29, 1949
Cemetery Zachary Taylor National Cemetery
Where Buried Louisville, Kentucky