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Oct 1968 1

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Alan Eggers 1
02 Nov 1895 1
Oct 1968 1
Last Residence: New Vernon, NJ 1
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Social Security Number: ***-**-6688 1

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Alan Eggers

Alan Louis Eggers (November 2, 1895-October 3, 1968) was a sergeant in the United States Army during World War I. He received theMedal of Honor for his heroic actions in combat near Le Catelet, France, on September 29, 1918, together with John C. Latham andThomas E. O'Shea. Eggers was a student at Cornell University before departing for service. He was awarded the degree of "War Alumnus" in 1921.

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Becoming separated from their platoon by a smoke barrage, Sgt. Eggers, Sgt. John C. Latham and Cpl. 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 3 soldiers left their shelter and started toward the tank, under heavy fire from German machine-guns and trench mortars. In crossing the fire-swept area Cpl. O'Shea was mortally wounded, but his companions, undeterred, proceeded to the tank, rescued a wounded officer, and assisted 2 wounded soldiers to cover in a sap of a nearby trench. Sgt. Eggers and Sgt. 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

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