Titus, Calvin, LTC

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Lieutenant Colonel
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1899-1901, HHC, 14th Infantry
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1897 - 1939


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May 27, 1966
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The President of the United States
in the name of
The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the

Medal of Honor




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Gallant and daring conduct in the presence of his colonel and other officers and enlisted men of his regiment; was first to scale the wall of the city.

Musician, U.S. Army, Company E, 14th U.S. Infantry. Place and Date: At Peking, China, 14 August 1900. Entered Service at: lowa. Birth: Vinton, lowa. Date of i55ue: 11 March 1902.
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Early at the turn of the century a rebel force in China that called itself the Society of "Righteous and Harmonious Fists", subsequently called the "Boxers", initiated a rebellion in China that threatened the legations of several nations in Peking and Tientsen. The 1st Regiment (Marines) under Major Littleton Waller arrived in China on June 19 and tried to seize Tientsin, but was driven back. On June 23 Waller's Marines finally entered the Tientsin, where they held tenuously until reinforced by U.S. Army troops on July 12, and thereafter fought their way to Peking. Beneath the 30-foot wall that surrounded the city, the American commander called for volunteers to scale the wall. "I'll try sir," replied Musician Calvin Titus. Without ropes the trumpeter and Chaplain's musician used hand-holds to slowly scale the wall, and even when fired on as he neared the top, he fearlessly continued on. Musician Titus courage inspired his watching comrades, who then followed, and it was the American and British forces of the multi-national relief force that were first to enter the city to rescue the civilian legation that had been surrounded for 55 days in Peking.

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14th Infantry
  1899-1901, HHC, 14th Infantry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1898-1898 Spanish-American War
  1899-1913 Moro Rebellion (Philippines)
  1900-1900 Boxer Rebellion (China Relief Service)
  1900-1900 Boxer Rebellion (China Relief Service)/Battle of Tientsin
  1917-1918 World War I
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United States Military Academy
  1902-1905, United States Military Academy
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