Osborne, Weedon Edward, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Service Branch
Dental Corps
Last Primary NEC
220X-Dental Corps Officer
Last Rating/NEC Group
Staff Corps Officer
Primary Unit
1918-1918, 220X, US Army (USA)
Service Years
1917 - 1918
Dental Corps
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Last Address
Killed in action near Bouresches, France with the 6th Marine Regiment.

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

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6th Marine Regiment2nd Marine Division<B>US Army (USA)</b>
  1918-1918, 220X, 6th Marine Regiment
  1918-1918, 220X, 2nd Marine Division
  1918-1918, 220X, US Army (USA)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I
  1918-1918 World War I/Battle of Belleau Wood1
  1918-1918 World War I/Chateau-Thierry Sector
 Colleges Attended 
Northwestern University
  1912-1915, Northwestern University
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Rank and organization: Lieutenant, Junior Grade, (Dental Corps), U.S. Navy. Born: 13 November 1892, Chicago, Ill. Appointed from: Illinois.

"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." 

Medal of Honor (Navy) Non-Combat "Tiffany Cross" 1919

Since the Navy awarded Medals of Honor for both COMBAT and NON-COMBAT heroism, in 1919 the Department of the Navy decided to distinguish between the two acts by presenting a different Medal of Honor for each. The Original Medal would be presented for COMBAT heroism and the new MALTESE CROSS would signify NON-COMBAT heroism meriting the Medal of Honor. Designed by New York's TIFFANY & COMPANY, it became known as the "Tiffany Cross".

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 8 May 1917. He was assigned duty with the 6th Marine Regiment on 26 March 1918. During the Battle of Belleau Wood, Osborne's unit participated in the advance on Boursches, France, in the Château-Thierry area. Osborne sought to aid the wounded during the battle and was killed while attempting to carry an injured officer to safety on 6 June 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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