Military Chaplain, Killed in WWI, Receives Virginia’s Highest Medal
US Army Chaplain (1stLt) Thomas McNeill Bulla was serving in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in France in October 1918. He was struck by enemy fire while helping tend to wounded Soldiers, evacuated to a field hospital, and died two days later. The State of Virginia is awarding him the state’s highest honor:
Bulla never received any recognition by the Army for his sacrifice to save others, and he will be the 61st recipient of the [Virginia Distinguished Service Medal].
Military chaplains have served honorably, at great personal risk, since the armies of George Washington. They have ensured the spiritual strength of the armed forces even in battle, have tended to the wounded and dying, and have paid the ultimate price in their service to their nation.