Born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1866, he was awarded the Medal of Honor while serving as as Assistant Surgeon during the Spanish-American War at Las Guasimas, Cuba, on June 24, 1898.
The Medal was actually issued on January 10, 1906 and was the first to be awarded to the recipient by the President of the United States (Theodore Roosevelt) at the White House.
It is ironic that in Cuba he served in the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry (The Rough Riders), which was led by then-Colonel Teddy Roosevelt.
He died on May 18, 1923 and was buried in Section 3 of Arlington National Cemetery.
CHURCH, JAMES ROBB
Rank and organization: Assistant Surgeon, 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry. Place and date: At Las Guasimas, Cuba, 24 June 1898. Entered service at: Washington, D.C. Birth: Chicago, Illinois. Date of issue: 10 January 1906.
In addition to performing gallantly the duties pertaining to his position, voluntarily and unaided carried several seriously wounded men from the firing line to a secure position in the rear, m each instance being subjected to a very heavy fire and great exposure and danger.
CHURCH, JAMES R
- COL MED CORPS RETIRED
- DATE OF DEATH: 08/28/1923
- BURIED AT: SECTION 3 SITE 1409
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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