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Medal of Honor Recipients for Action Against Philippine Outlaws (1911)

These 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
  1. CATHERWOOD, JOHN HUGH, Ordinary Seaman, U.S. Navy, Basilan, Philippine Islands, 24 September 1911
  2. HARRISON, BOLDEN REUSH, Seaman, U.S. Navy, Basilan, Philippine Islands, 24 September 1911 
  3. McGUlRE, FRED HENRY, Hospital Apprentice, U.S. Navy, Basilan, Philippine Islands, 24 September 1911 
  4. HENRECHON, GEORGE FRANCIS, Machinist's Mate Second Class, U.S. Navy, Mundang, Philippine Islands, Philippine Islands, 24 September 1911
  5. VOLZ, JACOB , Carpenter's Mate Third Class, U.S. Navy, Island of Basilan, Philippine Islands, 24 September 1911.
U.S. Marine Corps Recipients

(None)

 

U.S. Navy recipients of the Medal of Honor, for Action Against Philippine Outlaws (1911)

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Catherwood, John Hugh
Rank and organization: Ordinary Seaman, US Navy.
Born: 7 August 1888, Springfield, Illinois.
Accredited to: Illinois.
General Order Number 138, 13 December 1911.
Citation: While attached to the U.S.S. Pampang[a], 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.

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Harrison, Bolden Reush
Rank and organization: Seaman, US Navy.
Born: 26 April 1886, Savannah, Tennessee.
Accredited to: Tennessee.
General Order Number 138, 13 December 1911.
Citation: While attached to the U.S.S. Pampang[a], 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.

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Mcguire, Fred Henry
Rank and organization: Hospital Apprentice, US Navy.
Born: 7 November 1890, Gordonville, Missouri.
Entered service at: Gordonville, Missouri.
General Order Number 138, 13 December 1911.
Citation: While attached to the U.S.S. Pampang[a], 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.

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Henrechon, George Francis
Rank and organization: Machinist's Mate Second Class, US Navy.
Born: 22 November 1885, Hartford, Connecticut.
Accredited to: California.
General Order Number 138, 13 December 1911.
Citation: While attached to the U.S.S. Pampang[a], 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.

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Volz, Jacob
Rank and organization: Carpenter's Mate Third Class, US Navy.
Place and date: Island of Basilan, Philippine Islands, 24 September 1911.
Entered service at: Nebraska.
Birth: Sutton, Nebraska.
General Order Number 138, 13 December 1911.
Citation: While attached to the U.S.S. Pampang[a], 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.

 

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Published:Fri Sep 21 14:24:36 EDT 2018