Thomas Sletteland

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Thomas Sletteland
BornFebruary 1874
Bergen, Norway
DiedSeptember 1915 (aged 4041)
Place of burialNorth Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, North Dakota
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Rank Private
UnitCompany C, 1st North Dakota Infantry
Battles/wars Philippine-American War
Awards Medal of Honor

Thomas Sletteland was an Private in the United States Army and a Medal of Honor recipient for his actions in the Philippine-American War.

A private is a soldier of the lowest military rank.

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He is buried in North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, North Dakota. His grave can be found at GPS (lat/lon): 46.751, -100.85053.

Medal of Honor citation

Rank and organization: Private, Company C, 1st North Dakota Infantry. Place and date: Near Paete, Luzon, Philippine Islands, April 12, 1899. Entered service at: Grafton, N. Dak. Birth: Norway. Date of issue: March 11, 1902.

Citation:

Single-handed and alone defended his dead and wounded comrades against a greatly superior force of the enemy.

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