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Today's Medal of Honor Moment for 14 August

We open with the Civil War and a fight at Deep Bottom, Viriginia.

Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company B, 1st Battalion Minnesota Infantry. Place and date: At Deep Bottom, Va., 14 August 1864. Entered service at: Dover, Minn. Birth: Canada. Date of issue: 12 June 1895. Citation: At the risk of his life, voluntarily went to the assistance of a wounded officer Iying close to the enemy's lines and, under fire carried him to a place of safety.

We then take a break until the China Relief Expedition and two Medals during the Battle of Peking.  Today we meet our first double-recipient of the Medal, Private Dan Daly, who would go on to greater fame as a Marine Sergeant Major - and give us one of our most famous battle cries: ""Come on, you sons of bitches, do you want to live forever?" as he urged his Marines forward in Belleau Wood during World War I. He'll earn his second Medal during World War I, too - but not during the period of our participation, it will be in Haiti in 1915.  During WWI he'll have to settle for a  Navy Cross. The very model of a Marine as they want us to believe they all are at heart...

None of that should overshadow Musician Titus and his Medal for being the first to scale the wall into the Forbidden City.


Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 11 November 1873, Glen Cove, Long Island, N.Y. Accredited to. New York. G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901. Other Navy Awards: Second Medal of Honor, Navy Cross. Citation: In the presence of the enemy during the battle of Peking, China, 14 August 1900, Daly distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.


Rank and organization: Musician, U.S. Army, Company E, 14th U.S. Infantry. Place and date: At Peking, China, 14 August 1900. Entered service at: Iowa. Birth: Vinton, Iowa. Date of issue: 11 March 1902. Citation: 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.

*Indicates a posthumous award.