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Mexican Campaign (Vera Cruz) - U.S. Marine Corps

Smedley Darlington Butler

  • Rank: Major (Highest Rank: Major General)
  • Conflict/Era: Mexican Campaign (Vera Cruz)
  • Unit/Command:
    3d Battalion, 2d Advanced Base Regiment,
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: April 22, 1914
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Vera Cruz, Mexico

First Award: For distinguished conduct in battle, engagement of Vera Cruz, 22 April 1914. Maj. Butler was eminent and conspicuous in command of his battalion. He exhibited courage and skill in leading his men through the action of the 22d and in the final occupation of the city.

Medal of Honor Recipient Smedley D. Butler
Medal of Honor Recipient Smedley D. Butler
Additional Details
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: July 30, 1881, West Chester, Chester County, PA, United States
  • Died: June 21, 1940, Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • Buried: Oakland Cemetery (PMH) (B-1), West Chester, PA, United States
  • Location of Medal: National Museum of the US Marine Corps (Medals for both actions), Quantico, VA

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