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

Wendell Cushing Neville

  • Rank: Lieutenant Colonel (Highest Rank: Major General)
  • Conflict/Era: Mexican Campaign (Vera Cruz)
  • Unit/Command:
    2d Marine Regiment
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: April 21, 1914
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Vera Cruz, Mexico
For distinguished conduct in battle engagements of Vera Cruz, 21-22 April 1914. In command of the 2d Regiment Marines, Lt. Col. Neville was in both days' fighting and almost continually under fire from soon after landing, about noon on the 21st, until we were in possession of the city, about noon of the 22d. His duties required him to be at points of great danger in directing his officers and men, and he exhibited conspicuous courage, coolness, and skill in his conduct of the fighting. Upon his courage and skill depended, in great measure, success or failure. His responsibilities were great, and he net them in a manner worthy of commendation.
Medal of Honor Recipient Wendell C. Neville
Medal of Honor Recipient Wendell C. Neville
Additional Details
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: May 12, 1870, Portsmouth, Portsmouth County, VA, United States
  • Died: July 8, 1930, Edgewater Beach, MD, United States
  • Buried: Arlington National Cemetery (6-8409), Arlington, VA, United States
  • Location of Medal: National Museum of the US Marine Corps, Quantico, VA

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