Born at Anna, Illinois on April 24, 1866, he earned the Medal of Honor while serving in the Philippine Insurrection with the 4th United States Cavalry at Calamba, Luzon, Philippines, on July 26, 1899.
He died on January 13, 1917 and was buried in Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery.
Matthew Arlington Batson of Illinois
Private and Corporal, Company M and Company G, 2nd United States Cavalry, 9
April 1888 to 1 August 1891
Second Lieutenant, 9th United States Cavalry, 31 July 1891
First Lieutenant, 4th United States Cavalry, 9 July 1898
Transferred to the 1st United States Cavalry, 1 December 1900
Major, Squadron, Philippine Cavalry, 3 April 1900
Honorably mustered out of the Volunteer Service, 30 June 1901
Captain, 15th United States Cavalry, 2 February 1901
Retired 6 February 1902
Awarded the Medal of Honor, 7 February 1902 for most distinguished gallantry at Calamba Luzon, Philippine Islands, 26 July 1899 when, as First Lieutenant, 4th United States Cavlary, in swimming the San Juan river in the face of the enemy’s fire and driving him from his intrenchments.
BATSON, MATTHEW A.
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, 4th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Calamba, Luzon, Philippine Islands, 26 July 1899. Entered service at: Carbondale, Illinois. Birth: Anna, Illinois. Date of issue: 8 March 1902.
Citation: Swam the San Juan River in the face of the enemy's fire and drove him from his entrenchments.
BATSON, MATTHEW A
United States Army
- VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
- DATE OF DEATH: 01/13/1917
- DATE OF INTERMENT: 01/13/1917
- BURIED AT: SECTION 2 SITE 3604WS
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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