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Thomas Wilford Wigle

Wigle
Born 18 May 1909   Detroit, Michigan
Died 14 September 1944, Monte Frassino, Italy
Service Branch Army
Rank Second Lieutenant
Rating or Job  
Unit US AGF Co K 135 Inf Regt
Campaign WWII, Italy
Military Citations Purple Heart, Medal of Honor
Honors  
Family

Parents:

 Archie Palmer Wigle

Hazel W.Wigle

1st Wife?: Alice Patricia Wigle

Wife: Margret Alice Henry

 

Notes

Musician / Violinist

Music Teacher

Classical Violinist for five years with the Kansas Symphony.

Came to Oroville from Chicago to teach music under the auspices of Dr. and Mrs Griggs, 1937 to 1941.

 

Service Number O 1314729

Buried at Arlington National Cemetery

Section 34 Site 3307

Sources Oroville Mercury Register
National Archives
Mementos

Medal of Honor Citation
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in the vicinity of Monte Frassino, Italy. The 3d Platoon, in attempting to seize a strongly fortified hill position protected by three parallel high terraced stone walls, was twice thrown back by the withering crossfire. Second Lt. Wigle, acting company executive, observing that the platoon was without an officer, volunteered to command it on the next attack. Leading his men up the bare, rocky slopes through intense and concentrated fire, he succeeded in reaching the first of the stone walls. Having himself boosted to the top and perching there in full view of the enemy, he drew and returned their fire while his men helped each other up and over. Following the same method, he successfully negotiated the second. Upon reaching the top of the third wall, he faced three houses which were the key point of the enemy defense. Ordering his men to cover him, he made a dash through a hail of machine-pistol fire to reach the nearest house. Firing his carbine as he entered, he drove the enemy before him out of the back door and into the second house. Following closely on the heels of the foe, he drove them from this house to the third where they took refuge in the cellar. When his men rejoined him, they found him mortally wounded on the cellar stairs which he had started to descend to force the surrender of the enemy. His heroic action resulted in the capture of 36 German soldiers and the seizure of the strongpoint.

Wigle news article

News Article

Original Army Medal Of Honor Letter - War Department [one PDF]
Page 1   Page 2   Page 3   Page 4 [individual JPG pages]

 National Jewish Welfare Card - Award
National Jewish Welfare Card - Bureau of War Records

Record of residence in Oroville