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Dominican Campaign - U.S. Marine Corps

Roswell Winans

  • Also Known As: Winans, Ross Lindsey
  • Rank: First Sergeant (Highest Rank: Brigadier General)
  • Conflict/Era: Dominican Campaign
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: July 3, 1916
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Guayacanas, Dominican Republic
During an engagement at Guayacanas on 3 July 1916, 1st Sgt. Winans participated in action against a considerable force of rebels on the line of march. During a running fight of 1,200 yards, our forces reached the enemy entrenchments and Cpl. Joseph A. Gowin, USMC, placed the machine gun, of which he had charge, behind a large log across the road and immediately opened fire on the trenches. He was struck once but continued firing his gun, but a moment later he was again struck and had to be dragged out of the position into cover. First Sgt. Winans, USMC, then arrived with a Colt's gun which he placed in a most exposed position, coolly opened fire on the trenches and when the gun jammed, stood up and repaired it under fire. All the time Glowin and Winans were handling their guns they were exposed to a very heavy fire which was striking into the logs and around the men, seven men being wounded and one killed within 20 feet. First Sgt. Winans continued firing his gun until the enemy had abandoned the trenches.
Medal of Honor Recipient Roswell Winans
Medal of Honor Recipient Roswell Winans
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Washington
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: December 9, 1887, Brookville, Franklin County, IN, United States
  • Died: April 7, 1968
  • Buried: Cypress View Mausoleum (NE wall-4), San Diego, CA, United States

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