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Frank Tompkins

Place of Birth: D.C., Washington
Home of record: Governors Island New York


Distinguished Service Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Mexican Border Wars

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Major (Cavalry) Frank Tompkins, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism while serving with 13th Cavalry, in action at Columbus, New Mexico, 9 March 1916. Major Tompkins requested and received authority to pursue a superior force of bandits into Mexico. Although wounded early in the pursuit, he carried on a running fight with the bandits for several miles, inflicting heavy losses upon them and stopped the pursuit only when men and horses were exhausted and ammunition was reduced to a few rounds per man.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 8 (1934)

Action Date: 9-Mar-16

Service: Army

Rank: Major

Regiment: 13th Cavalry