Thomas Joseph Mc Mahon
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The Kohima Epitaph
The President of the United States,
in the name of the Congress,
takes pride in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Thomas Joseph McMahon
Specialist 4, United States Army
for service as set forth in the following
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. SP4 McMahon distinguished himself while serving as medical aid man with Company A. When the lead elements of his company came under heavy fire from well-fortified enemy positions, three soldiers fell seriously wounded. SP4 McMahon, with complete disregard for his safety, left his covered position and ran through intense enemy fire to the side of one of the wounded, administered first aid and then carried him to safety. He returned through the hail of fire to the side of a second wounded man. Although painfully wounded by an exploding mortar round while returning the wounded man to a secure position, SP4 McMahon refused medical attention and heroically ran back through the heavy enemy fire toward his remaining wounded comrade. He fell mortally wounded before he could rescue the last man. SP4 McMahon's undaunted concern for the welfare of his comrades at the cost of his life are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
SP4 Thomas Joseph McMahon is buried in Mt Hope Cemetery, Lewiston, Maine.
Medics on the Wall
memorial which honors the
Army Medics and Navy Corpsmen who died in Vietnam.
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