John Cridland Latham
Chief Warrant Officer, United States Army
in England on March 3, 1888, he earned theMedal of Honor
in World War I while serving as Sergeant, Machinegun Company, 107th Infantry,
27th Division, near Le Catelet, France, on September 29, 1918. The Medal
was actually issued to him in 1919.
He died on November 5, 1975 and was buried in Section 35 of Arlington National Cemetery.
LATHAM, JOHN CRIDLAND
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Machine Gun Company, 107th Infantry, 27th Division. Place and date: Near Le Catelet, France, 29 September 1918. Entered service at: Rutherford, New Jersey. Born: 3 March 1888, Windemere, England. G.O. No.: 20, W.D., 1919.
Becoming separated from their platoon by a
smoke barrage, Sgt. Latham, Sgt. Alan L. Eggers,
and Cpl. Thomas E. O'Shea took cover in a shellhole 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 machineguns 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 the sap of a nearby trench.
Sgts. Latham and Eggers 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
Photo courtesy of Raymond L. Collins, 1990
LATHAM, JOHN C
Upated: 30 September 2000 Updated: 15 March 2003 Updated: 16 September 2005