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China Relief Expedition
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Medal of Honor Recipients

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ADAMS, JOHN MAPES

  • Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Accredited to: Massachusetts
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In the presence of the enemy during the battle near Tientsin, China, 13 July 1900, Adams distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.

ADRIANCE, HARRY CHAPMAN

  • Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Accredited to: Massachusetts
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In the presence of the enemy during the battle near Tientsin, China, 13 July 1900, Adriance distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.

ALLEN, EDWARD

  • Rank and organization: Boatswain's Mate First Class, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: Fighting with the relief expedition of the Allied forces on 13, 20, 21, and 22 June 1900, Allen distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.

APPLETON, EDWIN NELSON

  • Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Accredited to: New York
  • G.O. No.: 84, 22 March 1902

Citation: In action against the enemy at Tientsin, China, 20 June 1900. Crossing the river in a small boat while under heavy enemy fire, Appleton assisted in destroying buildings occupied by the enemy.

BOYDSTON, ERWIN JAY

  • Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Accredited to: California
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation. In the presence of the enemy at Peking, China, 21 July to 17 August 1900. Under a heavy fire from the enemy during this period, Boydston assisted in the erection of barricades.

BREWSTER, ANDRE W.

  • Rank Place and date: At Tientsin, China, 13 July 1900 organization: Captain, 9th U.S. Infantry
  • PlaceDate
  • Entered service at: Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Date of issue: 15 September 1903

Citation: While under fire rescued 2 of his men from drowning.

BURNES, JAMES

  • Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Accredited to: California
  • G.O. No.: 84, 22 March 1902

Citation: In action against the enemy at Tientsin, China, 20 June 1900. Crossing the river in a small boat with 3 other men while under a heavy fire from the enemy, Burnes assisted in destroying buildings occupied by hostile forces.

CAMPBELL, ALBERT RALPH

  • Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Accredited to: Pennsylvania
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In action at Tientsin, China, 21 June 1900. During the advance on Tientsin, Campbell distinguished himself by his conduct.

CARR, WILLIAM LOUIS

  • Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Accredited to: Massachusetts
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In action at Peking, China, 21 July to 17 August 1900. Throughout this action and in the presence of the enemy, Carr distinguished himself by his conduct.

CHATHAM, JOHN PURNELL

  • Rank and organization: Gunner's Mate Second Class, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Maryland
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In action with the relief expedition of the Allied Forces in China, 13, 20, 21 and 22 June 1900. During this period and in the presence of the enemy, Chatham distinguished himself by his conduct.

CLANCY, JOSEPH

  • Rank and organization: Chief Boatswain's Mate, U.S. Navy
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In action with the relief expedition of the Allied forces in China, 13, 20, 21 and 22 June 1900. During this period and in the presence of the enemy, Clancy distinguished himself by his conduct.

COONEY, JAMES

  • Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Accredited to: Massachusetts
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In the presence of the enemy during the battle near Tientsin, China, 13 July 1900, Cooney distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.

DAHLGREN, JOHN OLOF

  • Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Accredited to: California
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In the presence of the enemy during the battle of Peking, China, 20 June to 16 July 1900, Dahlgren distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.

DALY, DANIEL JOSEPH

  • Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Accredited to. New York
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901
  • Other Navy Awards: Second Medal of Honor, Navy Cross

Citation: FIRST AWARD - In the presence of the enemy during the battle of Peking, China, 14 August 1900, Daly distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.

SECOND AWARD Serving with the 15th Company of Marines on 22 October 1915, G/Sgt. Daly was one of the company to leave Fort Liberte, Haiti, for a 6-day reconnaissance. After dark on the evening of 24 October, while crossing the river in a deep ravine, the detachment was suddenly fired upon from 3 sides by about 400 Cacos concealed in bushes about 100 yards from the fort. The marine detachment fought its way forward to a good position, which it maintained during the night, although subjected to a continuous fre from the Cacos. At daybreak the marines, in 3 squads, advanced in 3 different directions, surprising and scattering the Cacos in all directions. G/Sgt. Daly fought with exceptional gallantry against heavy odds throughout this action.

*FISHER, HARRY

  • Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Accredited to: Pennsylvania
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: Served in the presence of the enemy at the battle of Peking, China, 20 June to 16 July 1900. Assisting in the erection of barricades during the action, Fisher was killed by the heavy fire of the enemy.

FOLEY, ALEXANDER JOSEPH

  • Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Accredited to: Pennsylvania
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In the presence of the enemy in the battle near Tientsin, China, 13 July 1900, Foley distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.

FRANCIS, CHARLES ROBERT

  • Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Accredited to: Pennsylvania
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In the presence of the enemy during the battle near Tientsin, China, 21 June 1900, Francis distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.

GAIENNIE, LOUIS RENE

  • Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Entered service at: St. Louis, Mo.
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In the presence of the enemy during the action at Peking, China, 21 July to 17 August 1900, Gaiennie distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.

HAMBERGER, WILLIAM F.

  • Rank and organization: Chief Carpenter's Mate, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New Jersey
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: Fighting with the relief expedition of the Allied forces on 13, 20, 21 and 22 June 1900, Hamberger distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.

HANFORD, BURKE

  • Rank and organization: Machinist First Class, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Ohio
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: Served with the relief expedition of the Allied forces in China on 13, 20, 21 and 22 June 1900. In the presence of the enemy during this period, Hanford distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.

HANSEN, HANS A.

  • Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: California
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 June 1901

Citation: Served with the relief expedition of the Allied forces in China on 13, 20, 21 and 22 June 1900. In the presence of the enemy during this period, Hansen distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.

HEISCH, HENRY WILLIAM

  • Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Accredited to: California
  • G.O. No.: 84, 22 March 1902

Citation: In action against the enemy at Tientsin, China, 20 June 1900. Crossing the river in a small boat while under heavy fire, Heisch assisted in destroying buildings occupied by the enemy.

HOLYOKE, WILLIAM E.

  • Rank and organization: Boatswain's Mate First Class, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Illinois
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In action with the relief expedition of the allied forces in China, 13, 20, 21 and 22 June 1900. During this period and in the presence of the enemy, Holyoke distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.

HORTON, WILLIAM CHARLIE

  • Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Place and date: Peking, China, 21 July to 17 August 1900
  • Entered service at: Pennsylvania
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In action against the enemy at Peking, China, 21 July to 17 August 1900. Although under heavy fire from the enemy, Horton assisted in the erection of barricades.

HUNT, MARTIN

  • Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Accredited to: Massachusetts
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In the presence of the enemy during the battle of Peking, China, 20 June to 16 July 1900, Hunt distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.

KATES, THOMAS WILBUR

  • Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Accredited to: New York
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In the presence of the enemy during the advance on Tientsin, China, 21 June 1900, Kates distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.

KILLACKEY, JOSEPH

  • Rank and organization: Landsman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Pennsylvania
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In action with the relief expedition of the Allied forces in China, 13, 20, 21 and 22 June 1900. During this period and in the presence of the enemy, Killackey distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.

LAWTON, LOUIS B.

  • Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, 9th U.S. Infantry
  • Place and date: At Tientsin, China, 13 July 1900
  • Entered service at: Auburn, N.Y.
  • Date of i55ue: 11 March 1902

Citation: Carried a message and guided reinforcements across a wide and fireswept space, during which he was thrice wounded.

MATHIAS, CLARENCE EDWARD

  • Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Accredited to: Pennsylvania
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In the presence of the enemy during the advance on Tientsin, China, 13 July 1900, Mathias distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.

McALLISTER, SAMUEL

  • Rank and organization: Ordinary Seaman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: California
  • G.O. No.: 84, 22 March 1902

Citation: In action against the enemy at Tientsin, China, 20 June 1900. Crossing the river in a small boat while under heavy enemy fire, McAllister assisted in destroying buildings occupied by the enemy.

McCLOY, JOHN

  • Rank and organization: Coxswain, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901
  • Other Navy award: Second Medal of Honor

Citation: FIRST AWARD - In action with the relief expedition of the Allied forces in China, 13, 20, 21, and 22 June 1900. During this period and in the presence of the enemy, Coxswain McCloy distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.

MITCHELL, JOSEPH

  • Rank and organization: Gunner's Mate First Class, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Pennsylvania
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In the presence of the enemy during the battle of Peking, China, 12 July 1900, Mitchell distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.

MOORE, ALBERT

  • Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Accredited to: California
  • G.O. No.:55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In the presence of the enemy during the battle of Peking, China, 21 July to 17 August 1900. Although under a heavy fire from the enemy, Moore assisted in the erection of barricades.

MURPHY, JOHN ALPHONSUS

  • Rank and organization: Drummer, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Accredited to: Washington, D.C.
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In the presence of the enemy during the action at Peking, China, 21 July to 17 August 1900, Murphy distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.

MURRAY, WILLIAM H.

  • Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Accredited to: New York
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In the presence of the enemy during the action at Peking, China, 21 July to 17 August 1900. During this period, Murray distinguished himself by meritorious conduct. (Served as Henry W. Davis.)

ORNDOFF, HARRY WESTLEY

  • Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Accredited to: California
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In action with the relief expedition of the Allied forces in China, 13, 20, 21, and 22 June 1900. During this period and in the presence of the enemy, Orndoff distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.

PETERSEN, CARL EMIL

  • Rank and organization: Chief Machinist, U.S. Navy
  • Place and date: Peking, China, 28 June to 17 August 1900
  • Entered service at: New Jersey
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In the presence of the enemy during the action at Peking, China, 28 June to 17 August 1900. During this period Chief Machinist Petersen distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.

PHILLIPS, REUBEN JASPER

  • Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Accredited to: California
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In action with the relief expedition of the Allied forces in China during the battles of 13, 20, 21 and 22 June 1900. Throughout this period and in the presence of the enemy, Phillips distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.

PRESTON, HERBERT IRVING

  • Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Accredited to: New Jersey
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In the presence of the enemy during the action at Peking, China, 21 July to 17 August 1900. Throughout this period, Preston distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.

ROSE, GEORGE

  • Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Connecticut
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In the presence of the enemy during the battles at Peking, China, 13, 20, 21 and 22 June 1900. Throughout this period, Rose distinguished himself by meritorious conduct. While stationed as a crewmember of the U.S.S. Newark, he was part of its landing force that went ashore off Taku, China. on 31 May 1900, he was in a party of 6 under John McCloy (MH) which took ammunition from the Newark to Tientsin. On 10 June 1900, he was one of a party that carried dispatches from LaFa to Yongstsum at night. On the 13th he was one of a few who fought off a large force of the enemy saving the Main baggage train from destruction. On the 20th and 21st he was engaged in heavy fighting against the Imperial Army being always in the first rank. On the 22d he showed gallantry in the capture of the Siku Arsenal. He volunteered to go to the nearby village which was occupied by the enemy to secure medical supplies urgently required. The party brought back the supplies carried by newly taken prisoners.

RYAN, FRANCIS T.

  • Rank and organization: Coxswain, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Massachusetts
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In action with the relief expedition of the Allied forces in China during the battles of 13, 20, 21 and 22 June 1900. Throughout this period and in the presence of the enemy, Ryan distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.

SCANNELL, DAVID JOHN

  • Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Accredited to: Massachusetts
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In the presence of the enemy during the action at Peking, China, 21 July to 17 August 1900. Throughout this period, Scannell distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.

SEACH, WILLIAM

  • Rank and organization: Ordinary Seaman, U.S. Navy
  • Place and date: China 13, 20, 21, and 22 June 1900
  • Entered service at: Massachusetts
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In action with the relief expedition of the Allied forces in China during the battles of 13, 20, 21 and 22 June 1900. June 13: Seach and 6 others were cited for their courage in repulsing an attack by 300 Chinese Imperialist soldiers and Boxer militants with a bayonet charge, thus thwarting a planned massive attack on the entire force. June 20: During a day-long battle, Seach ran across an open clearing, gained cover, and cleaned out nests of Chinese snipers. June 21: During a surprise sabre attack by Chinese cavalrymen, Seach was cited for defending gun emplacements. June 22: Seach and others breached the wall of a Chinese fort, fought their way to the enemy's guns, and turned the cannon upon the defenders of the fort. Throughout this period and in the presence of the enemy, Seach distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.

SILVA, FRANCE

  • Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Accredited to: California
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In the presence of the enemy during the action at Peking; China, 28 June to 17 August 1900.1Throughout this period, Silva distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.

SMITH, FRANK ELMER

  • Rank and organization: Oiler, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Virginia
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In action with the relief expedition of the Allied Forces in China during the battles of 13, 20, 21, and 22 June 1900. Throughout this period and in the presence of the enemy, Smith distinguished himself by meritorlous conduct.

SMITH, JAMES

  • Rank and organization: Landsman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In action with the relief expedition of the Allied forces in China during the battles of 13, 20, 21, and 22 June 1900. Throughout this period and in the presence of the enemy, Smith distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.

STANLEY, ROBERT HENRY

  • Rank and organization: Hospital Apprentice, U.S. Navy
  • Place and date: China, 13, 20, 21, and 22 June 1900
  • Entered service: Aboard U.S.S. Vermont
  • Accredited to: New York
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: For distinguished conduct in the presence of the enemy in volunteering and carrying messages under fire at Peking, China, 12 July 1900.

STEWART, PETER

  • Rank and organization: Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Accredited to: Washington, D.C.
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In action with the relief expedition of the Allied forces in China during the battles of 13, 20, 21, and 22 June 1900. Throughout this period and in the presence of the enemy, Stewart distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.

SUTTON, CLARENCE EDWIN

  • Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Accredited to: Washington, D.C.
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In action during the battle near Tientsin, China, 13 July 1900. Although under heavy fire from the enemy, Sutton assisted in carrying a wounded officer from the field of battle.

THOMAS, KARL

  • Rank and organization: Coxswain, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In action with the relief expedition of the Allied forces in China 13, 20, 21, and 22 June 1900. During this period and in the presence of the enemy, Thomas distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.

TITUS, CALVIN PEARL

  • Rank and organization: Musician, U.S. Army, Company E, 14th U.S. Infantry
  • Place and date: At Peking, China, 14 August 1900
  • Entered service at: Iowa
  • Date of issue: 11 March 1902

Citation: Gallant and daring conduct in the presence of his colonel and other officers and enlisted men of his regiment; was first to scale the wall of the city.

TORGERSON, MARTIN T.

  • Rank and organization. Gunner's Mate Third Class, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to. Virginia
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In action with the relief expedition of the Allied Forces in China, 13, 20, 21, and 22 June 1900. During this period and in the presence of the enemy, Torgerson distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.

UPHAM, OSCAR J.

  • Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Accredited to: Illinois
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In the presence of the enemy at Peking, China, 21 July to 17 August 1900. Although under a heavy fire from the enemy during this period, Upham assisted in the erection of barricades.

*VON SCHLICK, ROBERT H.

  • Rank and organization: Private, Company C, 9th U.S. Infantry
  • Place and date: At Tientsin, China, 13 July 1900
  • Entered service at: San Erancisco, Calif.
  • Date of issue: Unknown

Citation: Although previously wounded while carrying a wounded comrade to a place of safety, rejoined his command, which partly occupied an exposed position upon a dike, remaining there after his command had been withdrawn, singly keeping up the fire, and obliviously presenting himself as a conspicuous target until he was literally shot off his position by the enemy.

WALKER, EDWARD ALEXANDER

  • Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Accredited to: New York
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In the presence of the enemy during the battle of Peking, China, 20 June to 16 July 1900. Throughout this period, Walker distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.

WESTERMARK, AXEL

  • Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: California
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In the presence of the enemy during the battle of Peking, China, 28 June to 17 August 1900. Throughout this period, Westermark distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.

WILLIAMS, JAY

  • Rank and organization: Coxswain, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Ohio
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In action with the relief expedition of the Allied forces in China, 13, 20, 21 and 22 June 1900. During this period and in the presence of the enemy, Williams distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.

YOUNG, FRANK ALBERT

  • Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Accredited to: Wisconsin
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901

Citation: In the presence of the enemy during the battle of Pehng, China, 20 June to 16 July 1900. Throughout this period, Young distmguished himself by meritorious conduct.

ZION, WILLIAM

  • Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Accredited to: California
  • G.O. No.: 55 19 July 1901

Citation: In the presence of the enemy during the battle of Peking, China, 21 July to 17 August 1900. Throughout this period, Zion distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.