Fort Thomas in Campbell County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Erected 1966 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 990.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, World I • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society, and the Medal of Honor Recipients series lists.
Location. 39° 3.557′ N, 84° 27.114′ W. Marker is in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, in Campbell County. Marker is at the intersection of Alexandria Pike (U.S. 27) and Woodfill Avenue on Alexandria Pike. It is in front of Woodfill Elementary School. Touch for map. Marker is Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire (approx. 0.6 miles away); William H. Horsfall (approx. 1.1 miles away); Northern Kentucky University / Early Schoolhouse (approx. 1.9 miles away); Garard/Martin Station, 1790 (approx. 3.3 miles away in Ohio); Southgate Street School (approx. 3.3 miles away); Licking Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky (approx. 3.3 miles away); General James Taylor Home (approx. 3.3 miles away); “Tommygun” Inventor (approx. 3.4 miles away).
Also see . . . Wikipedia entry for Samuel Woodfill. Medal of Honor citation:
While he was leading his company against the enemy, First Lieutenant Woodfill's line came under heavy machinegun fire, which threatened to hold up the advance. Followed by two soldiers at 25 yards, this officer went out ahead of his first line toward a machinegun nest and worked his way around its flank, leaving the two soldiers in front. When he got within ten yards of the gun it ceased firing, and four of the enemy appeared, three of whom were shot by First Lieutenant Woodfill. The fourth, an officer, rushed at First Lieutenant Woodfill, who attempted to club the officer with his rifle. After a hand-to-hand struggle, First Lieutenant Woodfill(Submitted on June 8, 2019.)
His company thereupon continued to advance, until shortly afterwards another machinegun nest was encountered. Calling on his men to follow, First Lieutenant Woodfill rushed ahead of his line in the face of heavy fire from the nest, and when several of the enemy appeared above the nest he shot them, capturing three other members of the crew and silencing the gun.
A few minutes later this officer for the third time demonstrated conspicuous daring by charging another machinegun position, killing five men in one machinegun pit with his rifle. He then drew his revolver and started to jump into the pit, when two other gunners only a few yards away turned their gun on him. Failing to kill them with his revolver, he grabbed a pick lying nearby and killed both of them. Inspired by the exceptional courage displayed by this officer, his men pressed on to their objective under severe shell and machinegun fire.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 8, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 139 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 8, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.