The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
THOMPSON, JOSEPH H.
Rank and Organization: Major, U.S. Army, 110th
Infantry, 28th Division. Place and Date: Near Apremont, France, 1 October 1918. Entered
Service At: Beaver Falls, Pa. Born: 26 September 1871, Kilkeel, County Down,
Ireland. G. O. No.: 21, W.D., 1925.
Counterattacked by 2 regiments of the enemy, Maj. Thompson encouraged his battalion in the
front line of constantly braving the hazardous fire of machineguns and artillery. His
courage was mainly responsible for the heavy repulse of the enemy. Later in the action,
when the advance of his assaulting companies was held up by fire from a hostile machinegun
nest and all but 1 of the 6 assaulting tanks were disabled, Maj. Thompson, with great
gallantry and coolness, rushed forward on foot 3 separate times in advance of the
assaulting line, under heavy machinegun and antitank-gun fire, and led the 1 remaining
tank to within a few yards of the enemy machinegun nest, which succeeded in reducing it,
thereby making it possible for the infantry to advance.