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Spanish-American War - U.S. Marine Corps

Walter Scott West

  • Rank: Private
  • Conflict/Era: Spanish-American War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Marblehead
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: May 11, 1898
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Cienfuegos, Cuba
On board the U.S.S. Marblehead during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, West displayed extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.
Medal of Honor Recipient Walter S. West
Medal of Honor Recipient Walter S. West
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: New Hampshire
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: March 13, 1872, Bradford, Merrimack County, NH, United States
  • Died: September 14, 1943
  • Buried: Forest Hill Cemetery (Cremated ashes returned to relatives), Jamaica Plains, MA, United States

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