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Weedon Edward Osborne
Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Weedon Osborne
Born (1892-11-13)November 13, 1892
Died June 6, 1918(1918-06-06) (aged 25)
Place of birth Chicago, Illinois
Place of death Killed in action near Bouresches, France
Place of burial Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, Belleau, Aisne, France
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1917 - 1918
Rank Lieutenant, Junior Grade
Unit Navy Dental Corps
6th Marine Regiment

Weedon Edward Osborne (November 13, 1892 – June 6, 1918) was a United States Navy officer and a recipient of America's highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in World War I. He is one of only three dental officers to have received the medal, the others being Alexander Gordon Lyle and Ben L. Salomon.[1][2]

Biography[edit | edit source]

A Chicago native, Weedon Osborne graduated from Northwestern University Dental School in 1915. He was appointed a U.S. Navy Dental Surgeon with the rank of Lieutenant, Junior Grade, on May 8, 1917. He was assigned duty with the 6th Marine Regiment on March 26, 1918. During the Battle of Belleau Wood, Osborne's unit participated in the advance on Bouresches, France, about a mile southeast of Belleau Wood. Osborne sought to aid the wounded during the battle and was killed while attempting to carry an injured officer to safety on June 6, 1918. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions on that day.

Weedon Osborne was 25 years old at the time of his death. He was buried in Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, Belleau, Aisne, France.

Osborne's Medal of Honor, a rare "Tiffany Cross" version, is held by the U.S. Navy Museum in Washington, D.C. The museum acquired the medal in 2003 from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which had confiscated it the year before after someone had attempted to sell the medal in South Carolina. It is illegal to sell a Medal of Honor within the United States.[3]

Medal of Honor citation[edit | edit source]

Rank and organization: Lieutenant, Junior Grade, (Dental Corps), U.S. Navy. Born: 13 November 1892, Chicago, Ill. Appointed from: Illinois. Citation:

For extraordinary heroism while attached to the 6th Regiment, U.S. Marines, in actual conflict with the enemy and under fire during the advance on Bouresche, France, on 6 June 1918. In the hottest of the fighting when the marines made their famous advance on Bouresche at the southern edge of Belleau Wood, Lt (j.g.). Osborne threw himself zealously into the work of rescuing the wounded. Extremely courageous in the performance of this perilous task, he was killed while carrying a wounded officer to a place of safety.

Namesake[edit | edit source]

The destroyer USS Osborne (DD-295), which served during the 1920s, was named for Lieutenant Osborne.

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Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. American Dental Association (1964). "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}". Journal of the American Dental Association. p. 168. ISSN 0002-8177. OCLC 1777821. "During the 100 years that officers have been eligible, two dental officers have been awarded the Medal: Alexander Gordan Lyle and ..." 
  2. Col. William T. Bowers, (U.S. Army, Retired). "Ben Salomon". Medal of Honor recipients: United States Army Medical Department. Office of Medical History, Office of the Surgeon General. http://history.amedd.army.mil/moh/Salomon.html. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  3. Birnie, Michael (2003-04-27). ""Tiffany" Medal of Honor Comes to Navy Museum". United States Navy. http://www.news.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=7048. Retrieved 2007-11-16. 

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