Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Army Company A, 344th Battalion,
Place and date: In the Montrebeau Woods France 4 October 1918.
Entered service at: San Francisco, Calif.
Birth: San Francisco, Calif.
G.O. No.: 16, W.D., 1919.
Citation: Cpl. Roberts, a tank driver, was moving
his tank into a clump of bushes to afford protection to another tank which
had become disabled. The tank slid into a shell hole, 10 feet deep, filled
with water, and was immediately submerged. Knowing that only 1 of the 2
men in the tank could escape, Cpl. Roberts said to the gunner, "Well, only
one of us can get out, and out you go," whereupon he pushed his companion
through the back door of the tank and was himself drowned.
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)