Wickersham, j. Hunter

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    liverpool annie New Member


    Rank and Organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 353d Infantry, 89th Division. Place and Date: Near Limey, France, 12 September 1918. Entered Service At: Denver, Colo. Birth: New York, N.Y. G. O. No.: 16, W.D., 1919.

    Advancing with his platoon during the St. Mihiel offensive, he was severely wounded in 4 places by the bursting of a high-explosive shell. Before receiving any aid for himself he dressed the wounds of his orderly, who was wounded at the same time. He then ordered and accompanied the further advance of his platoon, although weakened by the loss of blood. His right hand and arm being disabled by wounds, he continued to fire his revolver with his left hand until, exhausted by loss of blood, he fell and died from his wounds before aid could be administered.

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    Remembered at Fairmount Cemetery Denver, CO
    Born: 1890 at New York, NY
    Entered Service in the US Army from Denver, CO
    Earned The Medal of Honor During World War I For heroism September 12, 1918 at Limey, France
    Died: September 12, 1918

    The poem he wrote to his mother the day before he died reads as follows ......

    The mist hangs low and quiet on a ragged line of hills,
    There's a whispering of wind across the flat,
    You'd be feeling kind of lonesome if it wasn't for one thing—
    The patter of the raindrops on your old tin hat.

    An' you can't help a-figuring—sitting there alone—
    About this war and hero stuff and that,
    And you wonder if they haven't sort of got things twisted up,
    While the rain keeps up its patter on your old tin hat.

    When you step off with the outfit to do your little bit
    You're simply doing what you're s'posed to do—
    And you don't take time to figure what you gain or lose—
    It's the spirit of the game that brings you through.

    But back at home she's waiting, writing cheerful little notes,
    And every night she offers up a prayer
    And just keeps on a-hoping that her soldier boy is safe—
    The Mother of the boy who's over there.

    And, fellows, she's the hero of this great, big ugly war,
    And her prayer is on the wind across the flat,
    And don't you reckon maybe it's her tears, and not the rain,
    That's keeping up the patter on your old tin hat?

    "The Raindrops on Your Old Tin Hat" by J. Hunter Wickersham

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    liverpool annie New Member

    J. Hunter Wickersham was born in Brooklyn, N. Y., Feb. 3, 1890. He came to Denver when a small boy and received his education in Denver.
    He went to the First Officers Training Camp at Fort Riley, Kansas in May, 1917. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and assigned to Company H, 353rd Infantry 89th Division. Lt. Wickersham, was killed while leading his platoon on Sept. 12, 1918. For his heroism during the engagement in which he met his death. Lt. Wickersham was awarded posthumously the Congressional Medal of Honor. General Pershing included Wickersham’s conduct as one of the hundred most heroic acts of the War. His body now rests in the American Cemetery, Thiaucourt, France. A present day picture of the St Mihiel Cemetary is available on the The American Battle Monuments Commission website.
    John Hunter Wickersham is also featured in a brief video tour of the St. Mihiel American Cemetery in France on the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) web site


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