Osborne, Weedon Edward, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Primary MOS
220X-Dental Corps Officer
Last MOSGroup
Navy (FMF)
Primary Unit
1918-1918, 220X, 6th Marine Regiment
Service Years
1917 - 1918
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Lieutenant Junior Grade


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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Bouresches, France

Casualty Date
Jun 06, 1918
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
World War I
Location of Interment
Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial - Picardie, France
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Lot A, Section 3, Grave 39

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French Fourragere

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World War I Fallen
  1918, World War I Fallen

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Navy6th Marine Regiment
  1917-1918, 220X, Naval Training Center - Medical Department
  1918-1918, 220X, 6th Marine Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1918-1918 World War I/Aisne-Marne Campaign/Battle of Belleau Wood
  1918-1918 World War I/Champagne-Marne Campaign/Battle of Chateau-Thierry
 Colleges Attended
Northwestern University
  1912-1915, Northwestern University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Rank and organization: Lieutenant, Junior Grade, (Dental Corps), U.S. Navy. Born: 13 November 1892, Chicago, Ill. Appointed from: Illinois. MEDAL OF HONOR 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. The "TIFFANY CROSS" is the Medal of Honor that he received. Some history on it: TIFFANY CROSS (1919) The blue silk ribbon of the Maltese Cross hung below a bar bearing the old English spelling for valor, "VALOUR". The Medal itself featured the American eagle in the center of the award and surrounded by a six sided border over the top of which was printed "UNITED STATES NAVY" AND "1917 - 1918". An anchor protruded outward from each of the cross's four arms and the back of the medal bore the words "Awarded To" with a place for the recipient's personal information. The "Tiffany Cross" was not a popular award and is the rarest of all Medals of Honor in existence. In 1942 it was dropped from the Medal of Honor profile and the Navy returned to its original Medal of Honor as the only design awarded.


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.

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