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Julius Curtis Townsend

Date of birth: February 22, 1881
Date of death: December 28, 1939
Burial location: Arlington, Virginia
Place of Birth: Missouri, Athens
Home of record: Athens Missouri

Julius Townsend graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1902. He retired as a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Medal of Honor

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Awarded for actions during the Dominican Republic Occupation

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Lieutenant Julius Curtis Townsend, United States Navy, for distinguished conduct in battle during the engagement of Vera Cruz, Mexico, 22 April 1914. Lieutenant Townsend was eminent and conspicuous in command of his battalion. He exhibited courage and skill in leading his men through the action of the 22d and in the final occupation of the city.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 177 (December 4, 1915)

Action Date: 22-Apr-14

Service: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant

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Awarded for actions during the Second Nicaraguan Campaign

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Captain Julius Curtis Townsend, United States Navy, for distinguished service to the government in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. GALVESTON, which operated in Nicaraguan waters in the Fall of 1926 and the Spring of 1927, Nicaragua then being in a state of insurrection. Largely through his good judgment, tact, patience and ability, good order was maintained and disarmament accomplished in districts ashore assigned to his command without friction and without bloodshed. Captain Townsend's actions at all times were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: 1926 & 1927

Service: Navy

Company: Commanding Officer

Division: U.S.S. Galveston