MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS

MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS

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HAITI CAMPAIGN ~ 1915

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BUTLER, SMEDLEY DARLINGTON (Second Award)

    Rank and organization: Major, U.S. Marine Corps.

    Born: 30 July 1881, West Chester, Pa. Appointed from: Pennsylvania. Other Navy awards: Second Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Medal.

    Citation: As Commanding Officer of detachments from the 5th, 13th, 23d Companies and the marine and sailor detachment from the U.S.S. Connecticut, Maj. Butler led the attack on Fort Riviere, Haiti, 17 November 1915. Following a concentrated drive, several different detachments of marines gradually closed in on the old French bastion fort in an effort to cut off all avenues of retreat for the Caco bandits. Reaching the fort on the southern side where there was a small opening in the wall, Maj. Butler gave the signal to attack and marines from the 15th Company poured through the breach, engaged the Cacos in hand-to-hand combat, took the bastion and crushed the Caco resistance. Throughout this perilous action, Maj. Butler was conspicuous for his bravery and forceful leadership.

    BORN: Jul. 30, 1881

    DIED: Jun. 21, 1940
    BURIED: Oaklands Cemetery
    West Chester
    Chester County
    Pennsylvania, USA

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