New Haven in New Haven County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
Corporal Timothy Francis Ahearn
Timothy Francis Ahearn
Company C 102 Us Infantry
Twenty Sixth Division
1898 – 1925
He Best Exemplified The
Spirit Of The Enlisted Men
Of The Yankee Division
[ north side ]
Near Verdun, France on October 27, 1918, after all the officers and sergeants of his company had become casualties Corporal Ahearn took command of the remnants of his company, reorganized it into a fighting unit and led his men throughout the remainder of the day with great bravery & ability. Later the same day he rescued a wounded officer in the face of heavy machine gun fire. His country awarded him the Distinguished Service Cross.
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When Corporal Ahearn assumed command of his shattered company he sent this message on the envelope of a letter from his mother to his regimental commander: "Have made two skeleton platoons of four squads apiece. Pvt. Kenney is made Acting First Sergeant. Am ready for any duty I am called upon to perform. Am ready for replacements. Signed T. Ahearn, Corporal, commanding Company C."
[ west side plaque ]
New Haven Chapter, Yankee Division Veterans Association
And the Federal Art Project of the
Works Progress Administration
Karl Lang, Sculptor
Mayor John W. Murphy, Ex Officio
John T. Dillon, Chairman Leonard J. Maloney, Secretary Raymond W. Hayward, Treasurer
Post No. 130 – American Legion
Post No. 132 – American Legion
Post No. 85 – Jewish War Veterans
Chap. No. 2 – Disabled American Veterans
New Haven, Conn.
Erected 1937 by New Haven Chapter, Yankee Division Veterans Association.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World I. In addition, it is included in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects
Location. 41° 18.582′ N, 72° 57.24′ W. Marker is in New Haven, Connecticut, in New Haven County. Marker is at the intersection of Ella T. Grasso Boulevard (Connecticut Route 34) and Derby Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Ella T. Grasso Boulevard. Located in West River Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Haven CT 06511, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Walter Camp Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Robert Gardner Anderson Award (approx. 0.3 miles away); George Trevor (approx. 0.4 miles away); Cornelius S. Bushnell Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Knight Hospital Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away); Defenders' Monument (approx. 0.9 miles away); Holocaust Memorial Place (approx. 0.9 miles away); Allingtown World War I Monument (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Haven.
Regarding Corporal Timothy Francis Ahearn.
[ text of award citation from homeofheroes.com ]
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company C, 102d Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 27, 1918
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Timothy Ahearn, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Verdun, France, October 27, 1918.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New Haven, CT
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 14, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 1,326 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on September 14, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.