Recipient Detail

 

OSTERMANN, EDWARD ALBERT

Rank: First Lieutenant
Organization: U.S. Marine Corps
Company:
Division: 15th Company of Marines
Born: 1883, Columbus, Ohio
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Ohio
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Place / Date: Vicinity Fort Liberte, Haiti, 24 October 1915
 
 


OSTERMANN, EDWARD ALBERT Photo
 
Citation

In company with members of the 15th Company of Marines, all mounted, 1st Lt. Ostermann left Fort Liberte, Haiti, for a 6-day reconnaissance. After dark on the evening of 24 October 1915, while crossing the river in a deep ravine, the detachment was suddenly fired upon from 3 sides by about 400 Cacos concealed in bushes about 100 yards from the fort. The marine detachment fought its way forward to a good position, which it maintained during the night, although subjected to a continuous fire from the Cacos. At daybreak, 1st Lt. Ostermann, in command of 1 of the 3 squads which advanced in 3 different directions, led his men forward, surprising and scattering the Cacos, and aiding in the capture of Fort Dipitie.