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CMOHS.org - Captain CHILES, MARCELLUS H., U.S. Army

Recipient Detail

 

CHILES, MARCELLUS H.

Rank: Captain
Organization: U.S. Army
Company:
Division: 356th Infantry, 89th Division
Born: Eureka Springs, Ark.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Denver, Colo.
G.O. Number: 20
Date of Issue: 12/31/1919
Accredited To:
Place / Date: Near Le Champy Bas, France, 3 November 1918
 
 


CHILES, MARCELLUS H. Photo
 
Citation

When his battalion, of which he had just taken command, was halted by machinegun fire from the front and left flank, he picked up the rifle of a dead soldier and, calling on his men to follow led the advance across a stream, waist deep, in the face of the machinegun fire. Upon reaching the opposite bank this gallant officer was seriously wounded in the abdomen by a sniper, but before permitting himself to be evacuated he made complete arrangements for turning over his command to the next senior officer, and under the inspiration of his fearless leadership his battalion reached its objective. Capt. Chiles died shortly after reaching the hospital.