November 02, 1895 at Saranac Lake, NY
Entered Service in the US
Army from Summit, NJ
03, 1968 at the age of 72
Earned the Medal of Honor during World War I
For heroism on
September 29, 1918 at Le Catelet, France
Sergeant Eggers earned the Medal of Honor for heroism near Le Catelet, France, during intense assaults upon enemy positions with two other soldiers. Becoming separated from their platoon by a smoke barrage, Sergeant Eggers, Sergeant John C. Latham and Corporal 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 three soldiers left their shelter and started toward the tank, under heavy fire from German machineguns and trench mortars. In crossing the fire-swept area Corporal O'Shea was mortally wounded, but his companions, undeterred, proceeded to the tank, rescued a wounded officer, and assisted two wounded soldiers to cover in a sap of a nearby trench. Sergeant Eggers and Sergeant 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.