Harold A. Furlong

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Harold Arthur Furlong
Medal of Honor
Born (1895-08-25)August 25, 1895
Pontiac, Michigan
Died July 27, 1987(1987-07-27) (aged 91)
Place of burial Oak Hill Cemetery, Pontiac, Michigan
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch Emblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Rank Colonel
Unit 353d Infantry Regiment, 89th Division
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Medal of Honor ribbon.svg Medal of Honor

Harold Arthur Furlong (August 25, 1895 – July 27, 1987) was a United States Army First Lieutenant and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions in France during World War I.[1] After earning the Medal of Honor, he joined the Michigan National Guard, retiring in May 1946.[2]

Medal of Honor Citation

Medal of Honor Presentation Ceremony - February 9, 1919, at Chaumont, France. General John J. Pershing presided.

Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 353d Infantry, 89th Division. Place and date: Near Bantheville, France, 1 November 1918. Entered service at: Detroit, Mich. Birth: Pontiac, Mich. G.O. No.: 16, W.D., 1919:

Citation: Immediately after the opening of the attack in the Bois-de-Bantheville, when his company was held up by severe machinegun fire from the front, which killed his company commander and several soldiers, 1st. Lt. Furlong moved out in advance of the line with great courage and coolness, crossing an open space several hundred yards wide. Taking up a position behind the line of the machineguns, he closed in on them, one at a time, killing a number of the enemy with his rifle, putting 4 machinegun nests out of action, and driving 20 German prisoners into our lines.[1]

See also


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
  1. ^ a b "Medal of Honor recipients". World War I War Medal of Honor recipients. United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  2. ^ Michigan Department of Military & Veterans Affairs

External links

  • "Harold A. Furlong". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
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