The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*ROBERTS, HAROLD W.
Rank and Organization: Corporal, U.S. Army
Company A, 344th Battalion, Tank Corps. Place and Date: In the Montrebeau Woods
France 4 October 1918. Entered Service At: San Francisco, Calif. Birth: San
Francisco, Calif. G. O. No.: 16, W.D., 1919.
Cpl. Roberts, a tank driver, was moving his tank into a clump of bushes to afford
protection to another tank which had become disabled. The tank slid into a shell hole, 10
feet deep, filled with water, and was immediately submerged. Knowing that only 1 of the 2
men in the tank could escape, Cpl. Roberts said to the gunner, "Well, only one of us
can get out, and out you go," whereupon he pushed his companion through the back door
of the tank and was himself drowned.