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Two Marines earn the Medal of Honor in Haiti

NO. 536.

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 19, 1920.

   1. The Navy Department takes pleasure in announcing to the service the award of a medal of honor to Herman H. Hanneken, second lieutenant, United States Marine Corps, and to William R. Button, corporal, United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism in the line of their profession and for their eminent and conspicuous gallantry and intrepedity in actual conflict with the enemy near Grande Riviere, Republic of Haiti, on the night of October 31-November 1, 1919.
2. Information having been received at district headquarters that Charlemagne Peralte, the supreme bandit chief in the Republic of Hayti, accompanied by about 1,200 outlaw followers, had arrived in the vicinity of Capois, Hayti, with the avowed purpose of capturing and pillaging the town of Grand Riviere, Haiti, permission was granted Second Lieut. Hanneken, then a sergeant (captain, Gendarmerie d’Haiti), United States Marine Corps, and to Corporal William R. Button (first lieutenant, Gendarmerie d’Haiti), United States Marine Corps, to carry into execution previously arranged plans for the capture of the bandit chief. Selecting about 20 gendarmerie, all of whom were appropriately disguised, Hanneken and Button, on the night of October 31, 1919, took position where they might observe the movements of Charlemagne. Continue reading “Two Marines earn the Medal of Honor in Haiti”

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Daniel Daly’s Second Medal of Honor

Navy MOH CitationThe President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pleasure in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR to




for service as set forth in the following


For extraordinary heroism in action while serving with the 15th Company of Marines (Mounted), 2d Marine Regiment, on 22 October 1915. Gunnery Sergeant Daly was one of the company to leave Fort Liberte, Haiti, for a six-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 three sides by about 400 Cacos concealed in bushes about 100 yards from the fort. Continue reading “Daniel Daly’s Second Medal of Honor”