James Robb Church
Colonel, United States Army
in Chicago, Illinois, in 1866, he was awarded the
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.
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.
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.
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CHURCH, JAMES R
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Photo By M. R. Patterson, 28 June 2003