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CATHERWOOD, JOHN HUGH

    CATHERWOOD, JOHN HUGH

    Rank and organization: Ordinary Seaman, U.S. Navy.

    Born: 7 August 1888, Springfield, Ill.

    Accredited to: Illinois. G.O. No.: 138, 13 December 1911.

    Citation: While attached to the U.S.S. Pampang, Catherwood was one of a shore party moving in to capture Mundang, on the island of Basilan, Philippine Islands, on the morning of 24 September 1911. Advancing with the scout party to reconnoiter a group of nipa huts close to the trail, Catherwood unhesitatingly entered the open area before the huts, where his party was suddenly taken under point-blank fire and charged by approximately 20 enemy Moros coming out from inside the native huts and from other concealed positions. Struck down almost instantly by the outlaws' deadly fire, Catherwood, although unable to rise, rallied to the defense of his leader and fought desperately to beat off the hostile attack. By his valiant effort under fire and in the face of great odds, Catherwood contributed materially toward the destruction and rout of the enemy.

    Birth:   Aug. 7, 1888

    Death:   Nov. 18, 1930

    BURIED: Camp Butler National Cemetery
    Springfield
    Sangamon County
    Illinois

    HARRISON, BOLDEN REUSH

      HARRISON, BOLDEN REUSH

      Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy.

      Born: 26 April 1886, Savannah, Tenn.

      Accredited to: Tennessee. G.O. No.: 138, 13 December 1911.

      Citation: While attached to the U.S.S. Pampang, Harrison was one of a shore party moving in to capture Mundang, on the island of Basilan, Philippine Islands, on 24 September 1911. Harrison instantly responded to the calls for help when the advance scout party investigating a group of nipa huts close to the trail, was suddenly taken under point-blank fire and rushed by approximately 20 enemy Moros attacking from inside the huts and from other concealed positions. Armed with a double-barreled shotgun, he concentrated his blasting fire on the outlaws, destroying 3 of the Moros and assisting in the rout of the remainder. By his aggressive charging of the enemy under heavy fire and in the face of great odds, Harrison contributed materially to the success of the engagement.

      DIED: Jan. 26, 1952

      BURIED: Savannah Cemetery
      Savannah
      Hardin County
      Tennessee

      McGUlRE, FRED HENRY

        McGUlRE, FRED HENRY

        Rank and organization: Hospital Apprentice, U.S. Navy.

        Born: 7 November 1890, Gordonville, Mo.

        Entered service at: Gordonville, Mo. G.O. No.: 138, 13 December 1911.

        Citation: While attached to the U.S.S. Pampang, McGuire was one of a shore party moving in to capture Mundang, on the island of Basilan, Philippine Islands, on the morning of 24 September 1911. Ordered to take station within 100 yards of a group of nipa huts close to the trail, McGuire advanced and stood guard as the leader and his scout party first searched the surrounding deep grasses, then moved into the open area before the huts. Instantly enemy Moros opened point-blank fire on the exposed men and approximately 20 Moros charged the small group from inside the huts and from other concealed positions. McGuire, responding to the calls for help, was one of the first on the scene. After emptying his rifle into the attackers, he closed in with rifle, using it as a club to wage fierce battle until his comrades arrived on the field, when he rallied to the aid of his dying leader and other wounded. Although himself wounded, McGuire ministered tirelessly and efficiently to those who had been struck down, thereby saving the lives of 2 who otherwise might have succumbed to enemy-inflicted wounds.

        DIED: Feb. 4, 1958

        BURIED: Springfield National Cemetery
        Springfield
        Greene County
        Missouri, USA
        Plot: Section 29, Grave 332

        HENRECHON, GEORGE FRANCIS

          HENRECHON, GEORGE FRANCIS

          Rank and organization: Machinist's Mate Second Class, U.S. Navy.

          Born: 22 November 1885, Hartford, Conn. Accredited to: California. G.O. No.: 138, 13 December 1911

          Citation: While attached to the U.S.S. Pampang, Henrechon was one of a shore party moving in to capture Mundang, Philippine Islands, on 24 September 1911. Ordered to take station within 100 yards of a group of nipa huts close to the trail, Henrechon advanced and stood guard as the leader and his scout party first searched the surrounding deep grasses, then moved into the open area before the huts. Instantly enemy Moros opened point-blank fire on the exposed men and approximately 20 Moros rushed the small group from inside the huts and from other concealed positions. Henrechon, responding to the calls for help, was one of the first on the scene. When his rifle jammed after the first shot, he closed in with rifle, using it as a club to break the stock over the head of the nearest Moro and then, drawing his pistol, started in pursuit of the fleeing outlaws. Henrechon's aggressive charging of the enemy under heavy fire and in the face of great odds contributed materially to the success of the engagement.

          DIED: Aug. 16, 1929

          BURIED: Mount Saint Benedict Cemetery
          Bloomfield
          Hartford County
          Connecticut, USA
          Plot: Sec. F, Lot 430

          VOLZ, JACOB

            VOLZ, JACOB

            Rank and organization: Carpenter's Mate Third Class, U.S. Navy.

            Place and date: Island of Basilan, Philippine Islands, 24 September 1911. Entered service at: Nebraska. Birth: Sutton, Nebr. G.O. No.: 138, 13 December 1911.

            Citation: While attached to the U.S.S. Pampang, Volz was one of a shore party moving in to capture Mundang, on the island of Basilan, Philippine Islands, on 24 September 1911. Investigating a group of nipa huts close to the trail, the advance scout party was suddenly taken under point-blank fire and rushed by approximately 20 enemy Moros attacking from inside the huts and other concealed positions. Volz responded instantly to calls for help and, finding all members of the scout party writhing on the ground but still fighting, he blazed his rifle into the outlaws with telling effect, destroying several of the Moros and assisting in the rout of the remainder. By his aggressive charging of the enemy under heavy fire and in the face of great odds, Volz contributed materially to the success of the engagement.

            ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

            The USS Pampanga was one of four gunboats of the U.S. Navy "Mosquito Fleet" assigned to patrol Philippine waters and contain the native Moros from insurrection. Hospital Apprentice Fred McGuire was one of six men awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism as part of a shore party dispatched to capture Mundang, on the island of Basilan, on September 24, 1911. Ordered to take station within 100 yards of a group of nipa huts close to the trail, Corpsman McGuire advanced and stood guard as the leader and his scout party searched the surrounding grasses, then moved into the open area before the huts. Instantly enemy Moros opened point-blank fire on the exposed men and 20 Moros charged the small group from inside the huts and from other concealed positions. McGuire, responding to the calls for help, was one of the first on the scene. After emptying his rifle into the attackers, he closed in with rifle, using it as a club to wage fierce battle until his comrades arrived on the field, when he rallied to the aid of his dying leader and other wounded. Although himself wounded, McGuire ministered tirelessly and efficiently to those who had been struck down, thereby saving the lives of two who otherwise might have succumbed to enemy-inflicted wounds.

            DIED: Jul. 22, 1965
            Portland
            Multnomah County
            Oregon, USA

            BURIED: Lincoln Memorial Park
            Portland
            Multnomah County
            Oregon