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TR's Medal of Honor Citation

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  • Linda E. Milano
    BlankCITATION The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, March 3, 1863, has awarded in the name of The Congress the Medal of
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 18, 2001
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      The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, March 3, 1863, has awarded in the name of The Congress the Medal of Honor to:
       
      LIEUTENANT COLONEL THEODORE ROOSEVELT
      UNITED STATES ARMY
       
      for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.
       
      Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Roosevelt distinguished himself by acts of bravery on 1 July 1898, near Santiago de Cuba, Republic of Cuba, while leading a daring charge up San Juan Hill.  Lieutenant Colonel Roosevelt, in total disregard for his personal safety, and accompanied by only four or five men, led a desperate and gallant charge up San Juan Hill, encouraging his troops to continue the assault through withering enemy fire over open countryside.  Facing the enemy's heavy fire, he displayed extraordinary bravery throughout the charge, and was the first to reach the enemy trenches, where he quickly killed one of the enemy with his pistol, allowing his men to continue the assault.  His leadership and valor turned the tide in the Battle for San Juan Hill.  Lieutenant Colonel Roosevelt's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
       
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      Also awarded the Medal of Honor at the same ceremony:
       
      CORPORAL ANDREW JACKSON SMITH
      United States Army
       
      Corporal Andrew Jackson Smith, 55th Massachusetts Voluntary Infantry, Clinton, Illinois, distinguished himself on 30 November 1864 by saving his regimental colors, after the color bearer was shot during a bloody charge called the Battle of Honey Hill.  In the late afternoon, as the 55th Regiment pursued enemy skirmishers and conducted a running fight, they ran into a swampy area backed by a rise where the Confederate Army awaited.  The surrounding woods and thick underbrush impeded infantry movement and artillary support.  The 55th and 54th regiments formed columns to advance on the enemy position in a flanking movement.  As the Confederates repelled other units, the 55th and 54th regiments continued to move into flanking positions.  Forced into a narrow gorge crossing a swamp in the face of the enemy position the 55th's Color-Sergeant was killed by an exploding shell, and Corporal Smith took the Regimental Colors from his hand and carried them through heavy grape and canister fire.  Although half of the officers and a third of the enlisted men engaged in the fight were killed or wounded, Corporal Smith continued to expose himself to enemy fire by carrying the colors throughout the battle.  Through his actions, the Regimental Colors of the 55th Infantry Regiment were not lost to the enemy.  Corporal Andrew Jackson Smith's extraordinary valor in the face of deadly enemy fire is in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon him, the 55th Regiment, and the United States Army.
       
       
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      Long overdue and well deserved honors for both men.
       
      Best wishes from Oyster Bay,
       
      Linda E. Milano
      Assistant Director                                (516) 921-6319
      Theodore Roosevelt Association       Fax:  (516) 921-6481
      P.O. Box 719                                       E-Mail:  TRA_Milano@...
      Oyster Bay, NY 11771-0719              web:  www.theodoreroosevelt.org
       
       

       

    • Richard Weintraub
      Congradulations!About Time!What a great gesture by the TR Family-having the Nobel Prize and the Medal of Honor donated to the White House-in one place-the
      Message 2 of 2 , Jan 21, 2001
        Congradulations!About Time!What a great gesture by the TR Family-having the Nobel Prize and the Medal of Honor donated to the White House-in one place-the Roosevelt Room-Great!-It will be a long time(if ever) before another U.S.President is  deemed the Best in both War and Peace as was TR!-Richard Weintraub

        "Linda E. Milano" wrote:

        CITATION The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, March 3, 1863, has awarded in the name of The Congress the Medal of Honor to: LIEUTENANT COLONEL THEODORE ROOSEVELTUNITED STATES ARMY for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Roosevelt distinguished himself by acts of bravery on 1 July 1898, near Santiago de Cuba, Republic of Cuba, while leading a daring charge up San Juan Hill.  Lieutenant Colonel Roosevelt, in total disregard for his personal safety, and accompanied by only four or five men, led a desperate and gallant charge up San Juan Hill, encouraging his troops to continue the assault through withering enemy fire over open countryside.  Facing the enemy's heavy fire, he displayed extraordinary bravery throughout the charge, and was the first to reach the enemy trenches, where he quickly killed one of the enemy with his pistol, allowing his men to continue the assault.  His leadership and valor turned the tide in the Battle for San Juan Hill.  Lieutenant Colonel Roosevelt's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army. ************** Also awarded the Medal of Honor at the same ceremony: CORPORAL ANDREW JACKSON SMITHUnited States Army Corporal Andrew Jackson Smith, 55th Massachusetts Voluntary Infantry, Clinton, Illinois, distinguished himself on 30 November 1864 by saving his regimental colors, after the color bearer was shot during a bloody charge called the Battle of Honey Hill.  In the late afternoon, as the 55th Regiment pursued enemy skirmishers and conducted a running fight, they ran into a swampy area backed by a rise where the Confederate Army awaited.  The surrounding woods and thick underbrush impeded infantry movement and artillary support.  The 55th and 54th regiments formed columns to advance on the enemy position in a flanking movement.  As the Confederates repelled other units, the 55th and 54th regiments continued to move into flanking positions.  Forced into a narrow gorge crossing a swamp in the face of the enemy position the 55th's Color-Sergeant was killed by an exploding shell, and Corporal Smith took the Regimental Colors from his hand and carried them through heavy grape and canister fire.  Although half of the officers and a third of the enlisted men engaged in the fight were killed or wounded, Corporal Smith continued to expose himself to enemy fire by carrying the colors throughout the battle.  Through his actions, the Regimental Colors of the 55th Infantry Regiment were not lost to the enemy.  Corporal Andrew Jackson Smith's extraordinary valor in the face of deadly enemy fire is in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon him, the 55th Regiment, and the United States Army.  ************************************ Long overdue and well deserved honors for both men. Best wishes from Oyster Bay,

        Linda E. Milano
        Assistant Director                                (516) 921-6319
        Theodore Roosevelt Association       Fax:  (516) 921-6481
        P.O. Box 719                                       E-Mail:  TRA_Milano@...
        Oyster Bay, NY 11771-0719              web:  www.theodoreroosevelt.org  



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