Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company B, 356th Infantry,
Place and date: Near Pouilly, France, 8 November 1918. Entered
service at: Neosho, Mo. Born: 6 January 1894, Bolivar, Mo. G.O. No.: 74,
Citation: When volunteers were called for to secure information
as to the enemy's position on the opposite bank of the Meuse River, Sgt.
Hatler was the first to offer his services for this dangerous mission.
Swimming across the river, he succeeded in reaching the German lines, after
another soldier, who had started with him, had been seized with cramps
and drowned in midstream. Alone he carefully and courageously reconnoitered
the enemy's positions, which were held in force, and again successfully
swam the river, bringing back information of great value.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)