The President of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
HATLER, M. WALDO
Rank and Organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army,
Company B, 356th Infantry, 89th Division. Place and Date: Near Pouilly, France, 8
November 1918. Entered Service At: Neosho, Mo. Born: 6 January 1894,
Bolivar, Mo. G. O. No.: 74, W.D., 1919.
When volunteers were called for to secure information as to the enemy's position on the
opposite bank of the Meuse River, Sgt. Hatler was the first to offer his services for this
dangerous mission. Swimming across the river, he succeeded in reaching the German lines,
after another soldier, who had started with him, had been seized with cramps and drowned
in midstream. Alone he carefully and courageously reconnoitered the enemy's positions,
which were held in force, and again successfully swam the river, bringing back information
of great value.