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James Robb Church
Colonel, United States Army
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Born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1866, he was awarded the Medal of Honor while serving as as Assistant Surgeon during the Spanish-American War at Las Guasimas, Cuba, on June 24, 1898.

The Medal was actually issued on January 10, 1906 and was the first to be awarded to the recipient by the President of the United States (Theodore Roosevelt) at the White House.

It is ironic that in Cuba he served in the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry (The Rough Riders), which was led by then-Colonel Teddy Roosevelt.

He died on May 18, 1923 and was buried in Section 3 of Arlington National Cemetery.


CHURCH, JAMES ROBB

Rank and organization: Assistant Surgeon, 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry. Place and date: At Las Guasimas, Cuba, 24 June 1898. Entered service at: Washington, D.C. Birth: Chicago, Illinois. Date of issue: 10 January 1906. 

Citation: 

In addition to performing gallantly the duties pertaining to his position, voluntarily and unaided carried several seriously wounded men from the firing line to a secure position in the rear, m each instance being subjected to a very heavy fire and great exposure and danger.



JR Church First United States Cavalry (Rough Riders) Service Card PHOTO

JR Church First United States Cavalry (Rough Riders) Service Card PHOTO   JR Church First United States Cavalry (Rough Riders) Service Card PHOTO   JR Church First United States Cavalry (Rough Riders) Service Card PHOTO   JR Church First United States Cavalry (Rough Riders) Service Card PHOTO
J. R. Church First United States Volunteer Cavalry (Rough Riders)
Service Cards, Courtesy of the National Archives



James Robb Church PHOTO
Photo Courtesy of the United States Army

JR Church Gravesite PHOTO
Photograph By M. R. Patterson, October 2002

CHURCH, JAMES R
COL MED CORPS RETIRED
DATE OF DEATH: 08/28/1923
BURIED AT: SECTION 3 SITE 1409
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

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Updated: 24 September 2000  Page Updated: 2 May 2001 Updated: 15 March 2003  Updated: 17 August 2003 Updated: 1 January 2006 Updated: 17 October 2007 Updated: 11 July 2008
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JR Church Gravesite PHOTO October 2007
Photo By: M. R. Patterson, October 2007

JR Church Gravesite PHOTO June 2003
Photo By M. R. Patterson, 28 June 2003