Marcellus Holms Chiles

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NameMarcellus Holms Chiles
Serial Number
Highest RankCaptain
Service BranchArmy
War/ActionWorld War I
Date of Birth2/5/1895
Place of BirthEureka Springs, Arkansas
Colorado Home TownDenver
Date of Death11/5/1918
Place of DeathNear Le Champy Bas, France
Place of BurialMeuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne, France
CircumstancesDied Of Wounds
BiographySon of John Home Chiles of Denver. Entered service from Colorado. Member Company A, 356th Infantry Regiment, 89th Division. Awarded Medal of Honor for his actions as part of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive when, 4 days after being promoted to Captain, according to the Medal of Honor citation: "When his battalion, of which he had just taken command, was halted by machine-gun fire from the front and left flank, he picked up the rifle of a dead soldier and, calling on his men to follow led the advance across a stream, waist deep, in the face of the machinegun fire. Upon reaching the opposite bank this gallant officer was seriously wounded in the abdomen by a sniper, but before permitting himself to be evacuated he made complete arrangements for turning over his command to the next senior officer, and under the inspiration of his fearless leadership his battalion reached its objective. Capt. Chiles died shortly after reaching the hospital."
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