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Congressman Higgins Presents Purple Heart to Family of WWI Soldier Private James Peter Tymon a Century After He Paid the Ultimate Sacrifice in Service to the United States

Oct 28, 2018
Press Release

At the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) presented the family of Private James Peter Tymon with long-overdue recognition for his sacrifice in service to the United States during World War I.

“A century ago Private Tymon lost his life bravely defending this country,” said Congressman Higgins.  “It is our honor to present his family with a lasting expression of gratitude from the nation he faithfully served.”

James Peter Tymon was born in Gurteen, a village in Sligo County, Ireland on February 25, 1895. He emigrated from Ireland to the United States and enlisted in the United States Army to fight for the Allied Forces during World War I.

Private Tymon was a member of the 307th infantry. The regiment took part in many major battles with a total of four campaigns during the war including the battles of Lorraine and Champagne. Private Tymon was shot by the enemy in battle, transported to the 307th field hospital, and died a few days later, on August 30, 1918.

Pvt. Tymon’s niece, Maureen McDermott, made a trip to France in 1999 to pay tribute to the uncle she never met. Cemetery records indicated she was the first to visit the grave in 81 years. When she told her son, Dermot Golden, he set out to do everything that he could to make sure that his great-uncle, Private James Peter Tymon, received the recognition he deserved.

Dermot began to learn more about his great-uncle’s service, and through his research found a profile that stated his uncle, “may be entitled to other medals.”  He reached out to an American friend in Buffalo, New York for help.  His friend contacted Congressman Higgins and the office worked to provide official verification that Private Tymon was entitled to the Purple Heart.   The Congressman also submitted Private Tymon’s name to the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor.

The Purple Heart is awarded to soldiers who have been injured or killed in action against the enemy while serving with the U.S. Armed Services.  The original Purple Heart, first designated the ‘Badge of Military Merit,’ was established by General George Washington in 1782.