Medal of Honor





Rank and organization: Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army, Company A, 2d Battalion, 1st Infantry, 196th Infantry Brigade, Americal Division


Place and date: Quang Tin Province, Republic of Vietnam, 19 March 1969


Entered service at: Portland, Maine


Born: 24 June 1948, Washington, D.C




For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sp4c. McMahon distinguished himself while serving as medical aid man with Company A. When the lead elements of his company came under heavy fire from well-fortified enemy positions, 3 soldiers fell seriously wounded. Sp4c. McMahon, with complete disregard for his safety, left his covered position and ran through intense enemy fire to the side of 1 of the wounded, administered first aid and then carried him to safety. He returned through the hail of fire to the side of a second wounded man. Although painfully wounded by an exploding mortar round while returning the wounded man to a secure position, Sp4c. McMahon refused medical attention and heroically ran back through the heavy enemy fire toward his remaining wounded comrade. He fell mortally wounded before he could rescue the last man. Sp4c. MeMahon's undaunted concern for the welfare of his comrades at the cost of his life are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.


This message was received on 24 January 2002

Hello Neil,

Did you know that Thomas J McMahon had an elementary school named after him here in Lewiston, Maine? I was doing a short essay on my educational history and was thinking about my years at McMahon School and decided to see if I could find any information on it. I happened to find your website and thougth you might like to know about this. The school was formerly known as North Temple Elementary School and was renamed Thomas J McMahon Elementary School on March 16, 1971.

Thank You

Christine Poulin


--- General / Personal ---


Last name: MC MAHON


Home of Record (official): LEWISTON

State (official): ME

Date of Birth: Thursday, June 24, 1948

Sex: Male

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Single


--- Military ---


Branch: Army

Rank: SP4

Serial Number: 52895360

Component: Selective Service

Pay grade: E4

MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 91B20


--- Action ---


Start of Tour: Monday, October 14, 1968

Date of Casualty: Wednesday, March 19, 1969

Age at time of loss: 20

Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died

Reason: Gun, small arms fire (Ground casualty)

Country: South VietNam

Province: Quang Tin

The Wall: Panel 29W - Row 081



Back to Citations Page

Back to Home Page


Send comments and questions to: