Sgt. Hatler earns medal of honor for reconnaissance mission
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
SULPHUR SPRINGS -- On May 28, a wreath was laid on the grave of Sgt. M. Waldo Hatler in the Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery in Sulphur Springs. Photos of the ceremony appeared in the June 20 issue of the Westside Eagle Observer but nothing was said in the paper about what Hatler did in WWI to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. What follows is a summary. Hatler (Jan. 6, 1894 - Aug. 31, 1967) was a sergeant in the United States Army during World War I and received the Medal of Honor for heroism near Pouilly, France, on Nov. 8, 1918. Only 119 Medals of Honor were issued for service in WWI, and Sgt. Hatler's grave is the only grave of a WWI veteran who earned the award in Benton County.