George Harry Rose – Lieutenant Commander, United States Navy

U.S. Naval Historical Center:

George Harry Rose was born in Stamford, Connecticut on 28 February 1880. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy from that state and served on the cruiser USS Newark as a Seaman.

During the China Relief Expedition of 1900, Newark, serving as flagship for the Assistant Commander of the Asiatic Station, was brought to the Peking area to protect Americans who were under threat from the rebellious Boxers.

Rose voluntarily took part in land operations there in May and June 1900, distinguishing himself on several occasions, among them carrying dispatches on 10 June, helping to fight off an attack on his unit's baggage train on the 13th, engaging in combat on 20-22 June, and obtaining medical supplies from an enemy-held village.

For his “meritorious conduct” on 13, 20, 21 and 22 June, he was awarded the Medal of Honor.

George Rose received a commission as an Ensign in the Naval Reserve in 1917. He served in the Third Naval District (New York City region) during World War I and was promoted to Lieutenant (Junior Grade) in mid-1918. On 15 July 1929 he became a Lieutenant Commander in the Merchant Marine Naval Reserve. George H. Rose died on 7 December 1932 in Newark, New Jersey and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.


George Rose earned the Medal of Honor while serving as a Seaman in Peking, China, on June 13-20,21,22, 1900 (Boxer Rebellion). He was born in Stamford, Connecticut, on February 28, 1880 and entered the service in Connecticut as a young man.

Commander Rose died on December 7, 1932 and was buried in Section 7 of Arlington National Cemetery.


Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 28 February 1880, Stamford, Connecticut. Accredited to: Connecticut. G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901.


In the presence of the enemy during the battles at Peking, China, 13, 20, 21 and 22 June 1900. Throughout this period, Rose distinguished himself by meritorious conduct. While stationed as a crewmember of the U.S.S. Newark, he was part of its landing force that went ashore off Taku, China. on 31 May 1900, he was in a party of 6 under John McCloy (MH) which took ammunition from the Newark to Tientsin. On 10 June 1900, he was one of a party that carried dispatches from LaFa to Yongstsum at night. On the 13th he was one of a few who fought off a large force of the enemy saving the Main baggage train from destruction. On the 20th and 21st he was engaged in heavy fighting against the Imperial Army being always in the first rank. On the 22d he showed gallantry in the capture of the Siku Arsenal. He volunteered to go to the nearby village which was occupied by the enemy to secure medical supplies urgently required. The party brought back the supplies carried by newly taken prisoners.


  • DATE OF DEATH: 12/07/1932
  • DATE OF INTERMENT: 12/10/1932


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