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Emory Jenison Pike

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Years of service
  
1901-1918

Battles and wars
  
World War I

Battles/wars
  
World War I

Name
  
Emory Pike

Rank
  
Lieutenant colonel

Awards
  
Medal of Honor


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Born
  
December 18, 1876 Columbia City, Iowa (
1876-12-18
)

Place of burial
  
Fort Hill Cemetery, Auburn, New York

Allegiance
  
United States of America

Commands held
  
321st Machine Gun Battalion

Relations
  
Zebulon Pike (great-uncle)

Died
  
September 16, 1918, France

Education
  
United States Military Academy

Service/branch
  
United States Army

Emory Jenison Pike (December 18, 1876 – September 16, 1918) was a United States Army officer during World War I who earned the Medal of Honor for his actions at Vandieres, France on September 15, 1918. An 1901 graduate of West Point, and the only West Point graduate to be awarded the Medal of Honor during World War I, Pike was a lieutenant colonel at Vandieres. His daughter was presented his Medal of Honor after the war.

Medal of Honor citation

Citation:

Having gone forward to reconnoiter new machinegun positions, Lt. Col. Pike offered his assistance in reorganizing advance infantry units which had become disorganized during a heavy artillery shelling. He succeeded in locating only about 20 men, but with these he advanced and when later joined by several infantry platoons rendered inestimable service in establishing outposts, encouraging all by his cheeriness, in spite of the extreme danger of the situation. When a shell had wounded one of the men in the outpost, Lt. Col. Pike immediately went to his aid and was severely wounded himself when another shell burst in the same place. While waiting to be brought to the rear, Lt. Col. Pike continued in command, still retaining his jovial manner of encouragement, directing the reorganization until the position could be held. The entire operation was carried on under terrific bombardment, and the example of courage and devotion to duty, as set by Lt. Col. Pike, established the highest standard of morale and confidence to all under his charge. The wounds he received were the cause of his death.

References

Emory Jenison Pike Wikipedia


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