Navy Medal of Honor: Philippine Insurrection (1899-1906)

medal of honor badgesThese individuals earned the Navy Medal of Honor during the period specified. Their names are followed by their rank and rate, if known, the date of the action and the vessel or unit on which they served.

U.S. Navy Recipients
Fisher, Frederick Thomas
Rank and organization: Gunner's Mate First Class, US Navy.
Born: 3 June 1872, England.
Accredited to: California.
General Order Number 55, 19 July 1901.
Citation: On board the U.S.S. Philadelphia, Samoa, Philippine Islands, 1 April 1899. Serving in the presence of the enemy on this date, Fisher distinguished himself by his conduct.

Fitz, Joseph
Rank and organization: Ordinary Seaman, US Navy.
Born: 24 May 1886, Austria.
Accredited to: Iowa.
General Order Number 19, 1 May 1906.
Citation: On board the U.S.S. Pampanga, Mount Dajo Jolo, Philippine Islands, 8 March 1906. Serving in the presence of the enemy on this date, Fitz displayed bravery and extraordinary heroism.

Forbeck, Andrew P.
Rank and organization: Seaman, US Navy.
Born: 29 August 1879, New York.
Accredited to: New York.
General Order Number 55, 19 July 1901.
Citation: For distinguished conduct in the presence of the enemy during the battle of Katbalogan, Samar, Philippine Islands, 16 July 1900.

Galbraith, Robert
Rank and organization: Gunner's Mate Third Class, US Navy.
Born: 17 February 1880, Brooklyn, New York.
Accredited to: New York.
General Order Number 531, 21 November 1900.
Citation: For extraordinary heroism and gallantry while under fire of the enemy at El Pardo, Cebu, Philippine Islands, 12 and 13 September 1899.

Stoltenberg, Andrew V.
Rank and organization: Gunner's Mate Second Class, US Navy.
Born: Boto, Norway.
Accredited to: California.
General Order Number 55, 29 July 1899.
Citation: For distinguished conduct in the presence of the enemy in battle at Katbalogan, Samar, Philippine Islands, 16 July 1900.

Thordsen, William George
Rank and organization: Coxswain, US Navy.
Born: 2 April 1879, Fredericstadt, Germany.
Accredited to: New York.
General Order Number 6, 15 August 1900.
Citation. For heroism and gallantry under fire of the enemy at Hilongas, Philippine Islands, 6 May 1900.

U.S. Marine Corps Recipients

Bearss, Hiram Iddings
Rank and organization: Colonel, US Marine Corps.
Born: 13 April 1875, Peru, Indiana.
Appointed from: Indiana.
Other Navy award: Distinguished Service Medal.
Citation: For extraordinary heroism and eminent and conspicuous conduct in battle at the junction of the Cadacan and Sohoton Rivers, Samar, Philippine Islands, 17 November 1901. Col. Bearss (then Capt.), second in command of the columns upon their uniting ashore in the Sohoton River region, made a surprise attack on the fortified cliffs and completely routed the enemy, killing 30 and capturing and destroying the powder magazine, 40 lantacas (guns), rice, food and cuartels. Due to his courage, intelligence, discrimination and zeal, he successfully led his men up the cliffs by means of bamboo ladders to a height of 200 feet. The cliffs were of soft stone of volcanic origin, in the nature of pumice, and were honeycombed with caves. Tons of rocks were suspended in platforms held in position by vine cables (known as bejuco) in readiness to be precipitated upon people below. After driving the insurgents from their position which was almost impregnable, being covered with numerous trails lined with poison spears, pits, etc., he led his men across the river, scaled the cliffs on the opposite side, and destroyed the camps there. Col. Bearss and the men under his command overcame incredible difficulties and dangers in destroying positions which, according to reports from old prisoners, had taken 3 years to perfect, were held as a final rallying point, and were never before penetrated by white troops. Col. Bearss also rendered distinguished public service in the presence of the enemy at Quinapundan River, Samar, Philippine Islands, on 19 January 1902.

Buckley, Howard Major
Rank and organization: Private, US Marine Corps.
Born: 23 January 1868, Croton Falls, New York.
Accredited to: New York.
General Order Number 55, 19 July 1901.
Citation: For distinguished conduct in the presence of the Enemy in battle while with the Eighth Army Corps on 25, 27, 29 March, and 4 April 1899.

Forsterer, Bruno Albert
Rank and organization: Sergeant, US Marine Corps.
Born: 14 July 1869, Koenigsberg, Germany.
Accredited to: Massachusetts.
General Order Number 55, 19 July 1901.
Citation: For distinguished conduct in the presence of the enemy at Samoa, Philippine Islands, 1 April 1899.

Harvey, Harry
Rank and organization: Sergeant, US Marine Corps.
Born: 4 June 1873, New York, New York.
Accredited to: New Jersey.
General Order Number 55, 19 July 1901.
Citation: Served in battle against the enemy at Benictican, 16 February 1900. Throughout this action and in the presence of the enemy, Harvey distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.

Hulbert, Henry Lewis
Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps.
Born: 12 January 1867, Kingston-upon-Hull, England.
Accredited to: California.
General Order Number 55, 19 July 1901.
Other Navy award: Navy Cross.
Citation: For distinguished conduct in the presence of the enemy at Samoa, Philippine Islands, 1 April 1899.

Leonard, Joseph
Rank and organization: Private, US Marine Corps.
(Enlisted as Joseph Melvin).
Born: 28 August 1876, Cohoes, New York.
Accredited to: New York.
General Order Number 55, 19 July 1901.
Citation: For distinguished conduct in the presence of the enemy in battles, while with the Eighth Army Corps on 25, 27, and 29 March, and on 4 April 1899.

McNally, Michael Joseph
Rank and organization: Sergeant, US Marine Corps.
Born: 29 June 1860, New York, New York.
Accredited to: California.
General Order Number 55, 19 July 1901.
Citation: For distinguished conduct in the presence of the enemy at Samoa, Philippine Islands, 1 April 1899.

Porter, David Dixon
Rank and organization: Colonel, US Marine Corps.
Born: 29 April 1877, Washington, DC.
Appointed from: District of Columbia.
Citation: For extraordinary heroism and eminent and conspicuous conduct in battle at the junction of the Cadacan and Sohoton Rivers, Samar, Philippine Islands, 17 November 1901. In command of the columns upon their uniting ashore in the Sohoton Region, Col. Porter (then Capt.) made a surprise attack on the fortified cliffs and completely routed the enemy, killing 30 and capturing and destroying the powder magazine, 40 lantacas (guns), rice, food and cuartels. Due to his courage, intelligence, discrimination and zeal, he successfully led his men up the cliffs by means of bamboo ladders to a height of 200 feet. The cliffs were of soft stone of volcanic origin, in the nature of pumice and were honeycombed with caves. Tons of rocks were suspended in platforms held in position by vines and cables (known as bejuco) in readiness to be precipitated upon people below. After driving the insurgents from their position which was almost impregnable, being covered with numerous trails lined with poisoned spears, pits, etc., Col. Porter led his men across the river, scaled the cliffs on the opposite side, and destroyed the camps there. He and the men under his command overcame incredible difficulties and dangers in destroying positions which, according to reports from old prisoners, had taken 3 years to perfect, were held as a final rallying post, and were never before penetrated by white troops. Col. Porter also rendered distinguished public service in the presence of the enemy at Quinapundan River, Samar, Philippine Islands, on 26 October 1901.

Prendergast, Thomas Francis
Rank and organization: Corporal, US Marine Corps.
Born: 2 April 1871, Waterford, Ireland.
Accredited to: Massachusetts.
General Order Number 55 19 July 1901.
Citation: For distinguished conduct in the presence of the enemy in battle while with the Eighth Army Corps, 25, 27, 29 March, and 5 April 1899.


14 April 1997

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