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Brigadier General Albertus W. Catlin, USMC, (1868-1933)

Albertus Wright Catlin was born on 1 December 1868 in Rome, New York. Appointed from Minnesota to the U.S. Naval Academy, he graduated in July 1890 and reported on board USS Charleston for required sea duty. Following the promotion to Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, he was assigned to the Marine Barracks at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C. In April 1893, Catlin was promoted to First Lieutenant and transferred that December to Marine Barracks, League Island, Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania. Returning to sea in August 1895, he reported to USS Cincinatti. Catlin then transferred to USS Maine and was in command of her Marine Detachment when she exploded at Havana Harbor in February 1898. After serving in the Spanish-American War, he was ordered to the Marine Barracks at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York. In March 1899, he was promoted to Captain and assigned to the Marine Barracks at Port Royal, South Carolina.

In February 1902, Catlin received orders to the Marine Barracks at Cavite, Phillippines. Returning to the U.S. in October 1904, he had recruiting duty at Buffalo, New York, until returning to the Marine Barracks at the Brooklyn Navy Yard the following spring. In June 1905, he was promoted to Major. In the fall of 1906, he served with the First Provisional Regiment in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In May 1909, Catlin was assigned to the Marine Barracks at Boston, Massachusetts, and later transferred to the Marine Barracks at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Beginning in the fall of 1911, Catlin served in succession on board USS Connecticut,USS Utah and USS Wyoming. While on board Wyoming, he participated in the intervention at Vera Cruz, Mexico. On 22 April 1914, Catlin bravely led the Third Marine Regiment to capture the city. For his "distinguished conduct in battle" on this occasion, he was awarded the Medal of Honor.

In December 1914, Catlin commanded the Naval Prison at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Maine, while also having temporary duty at the Army Service Schools at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. While at Portsmouth Navy Yard, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in October 1915, which was followed with a promotion to Colonel in August 1916. After attending the Army War College at Newport, Rhode Island, and the United States' entry into World War I, he briefly commanded the Marine Training Camp at Quantico, Virginia, before assuming command of the Sixth Regiment in France. In July 1918, while leading an attack on Bois de Belleau, he was wounded. Recovering from his wounds, Catlin reported to the Marine Corps Headquarters and was promoted to Brigadier General that August. For his last tour, he commanded the First Brigade Marines in Haiti. Due to the continuing illness from his combat wounds, he retired in December 1919 and was placed on the retired list. Albertus W. Catlin died on 31 May 1933 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.

This page features all the images we have concerning Albertus W. Catlin.

Photo #: NH 104925

Brigadier General Albertus W. Catlin, USMC


He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his "distinguished conduct in battle" while leading the Third Marine Regiment to capture the city of Vera Cruz, Mexico, during the intervention on 22 April 1914. Photographed circa 1918-1919.

Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. Collection of Portsmouth Naval Prison, Portsmouth Navy Yard, Seavey, Maine.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 54147

USS Charleston
(Cruiser # 2)

Ship's officers in 1891, while the ship was serving on the Pacific Station. Photographed by A.J. McDonald, San Francisco, California.
Identifiable among those present are:
Captain George C. Remey, Commanding Officer (front row, 3rd from left);
Lieutenant Commander Chapman C. Todd, USN;
Lieutenant Commander Wells L. Field (front row, far left);
Lieutenant Nathaniel J. K. Patch, USN;
Lieutenant Jacob J. Hunker, USN;
Lieutenant Edward F. Qualtrough, USN;
Lieutenant Junior Grade James H. Glennon, USN;
Ensign Walter S. Burk, USN;
Ensign Creighton Churchill, USN;
Naval Cadet Thomas P. MacGruder, USN;
Naval Cadet Benjamin H. Fuller, USN;
Naval Cadet Robert E. Carney, USN;
Naval Cadet Chas T. Vogelgesang, USN;
Naval Cadet Alonze Gartley, USN;
Naval Cadet Matt H. Signor, USN;
Naval Cadet Albertus W. Catlin, USN;
Commander George W. Woods, Medical Inspector, USN;
Lieutenant Francis W. Weiber,
Passed Assistant Surgeon, USN;
Lieutenant George Rothganger, Assistant Surgeon, USN;
Lieutenant Commander Arthur Burtis, Paymaster, USN;
Commander Philip Inch, Chief Engineer, USN;
Lieutenant Ira N. Hollis,
Passed Assistant Engineer, USN;
Lieutenant Frank W. Bartlett,
Passed Assistant Engineer, USN, (2nd row, far left);
Lieutenant Junior Grade Hermon O. Stickney,
Assistant Engineer, USN;
Lieutenant George T. Bates, USMC;
Lieutenant Junior Grade Horace W. Jones,
Assistant Engineer, USN;
Lieutenant Eustace B. Rogers,
Passed Assistant Engineer, USN; and
Lieutenant Commander George K. Tower,
Chief Engineer, USN

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 53320

USS Wyoming (BB-32)


Staff of Rear Admiral Charles J. Badger, Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, in a planning session on board Wyoming in 1913.
Those present around the table are (from left to right):
Lieutenant Gardner L. Caskey, USN;
Lieutenant Commander Walton R. Sexton, USN;
Lieutenant Commander Frank R. McCrary, USN;
Lieutenant Stanford C. Hooper, USN;
Major Albertus W. Catlin, USMC; and
Commander Carl T. Vogelgesang, USN.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 91531

Rear Admiral Charles J. Badger, USN

Commander in Chief, Atlantic Fleet and staff

Officers present:
Seated:
Commander William C. Braisted, Medical Inspector, USN;
Commander Charles F. Hughes, USN;
Rear Admiral Charles J. Badger, USN;
Commander Samuel McGowan, Pay Inspector, USN; and
Lieutenant Commander Walton R. Sexton, USN
Standing:
Lieutenant Bryon McCandless, USN;
Lieutenant Junior Grade Albert M. Cohen, USN;
Lieutenant Commander Edward C. Kalbfus, USN;
Major Albertus W. Catlin, USMC;
Lieutenant Frank R. McCrary, USN;
Lieutenant Commander George L. Smith, USN;
Lieutenant Gardner L. Caskey, USN; and
Lieutenant Stanford C. Hooper, USN

Collection of Rear Admiral William C. Braisted, USN.
Courtesy of Doctor William R. Braisted.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 95153

U.S. Atlantic Fleet Change of Command Ceremony


On board USS Wyoming (Battleship # 32), circa 16 September 1914, probably at the New York Navy Yard. Rear Admiral Charles J. Badger is at right, reading his orders as he turns command over to Rear Admiral Frank Friday Fletcher (right center). Looking on, in left center, is Rear Admiral Bradley A. Fiske, aide for operations to the Secretary of the Navy. Some of the others present are identified on Photo # NH 95153 (complete caption).
The original print is stamped: "Photograph by the New York World. Walter C. Harris. Sep. 16 1914"

Collection of Rear Admiral Frank Friday Fletcher. Donated by Mrs. Robert D. Barnhart, 1975.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 104926

Wardroom of USS Wyoming
(BB-32)

Photograph circa 1914-1915. Some officers present are:
Commander David W. Todd, USN, (back);
Captain Leckinski W. Spratling, USMC;
Commander Joseph J. Cheatham, S.C., USN;
Major Albertus W. Catlin, USMC;
Lieutenant Commander Cyrus R. Miller, USN;
Lieutenant Commander Walton R. Sexton, USN;
Lieutenant Commander John J. Halligan, USN;
Lieutenant Commander Harry L. Brimser, USN;
Lieutenant Commander Edward S. Jackson, USN;
Lieutenant Claude B. May, S.C., USN; and
Lieutenant Standford C. Hooper, USN

Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. Collection of Captain Cyrus R. Miller, USN (Retired).

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Medal of Honor citation of Major Albertus W. Catlin, USMC (as printed in the official publication "Medal of Honor, 1861-1949, The Navy", page 97):

"For distinguished conduct in battle, engagement of Vera Cruz, 22 April 1914. Eminent and conspicuous in command of his battalion, Major Catlin exhibited courage and skill in leading his men through the action of the 22nd and in the final occupation of the city."


For higher resolution images see: Obtaining Photographic Reproductions

To the best of our knowledge, the pictures referenced here are all in the Public Domain, and can therefore be freely downloaded and used for any purpose.

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