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Samuel Gross

Date of birth: May 9, 1891
Date of death: September 13, 1934
Burial location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Place of Birth: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Home of record: Philadelphia Pennsylvania


Medal of Honor

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Awarded for actions during the U.S. Invasion and Occupation of Haiti

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Private Samuel Gross, United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism in action at Fort Riviere, Haiti. In company with members of the 5th, 13th, 23d Companies and the Marine and sailor detachment from the U.S.S. Connecticut. Private Gross participated in the attack on Fort Riviere, Haiti, 17 November 1915. Following a concentrated drive, several different detachments of Marines gradually closed in on the old French bastion fort in an effort to cut off all avenues of retreat for the Caco bandits. Approaching a breach in the wall which was the only entrance to the fort, Gross was the second man to pass through the breach in the face of constant fire from the Cacos and, thereafter, for a 10-minute period, engaged the enemy in desperate hand-to-hand combat until the bastion was captured and Caco resistance neutralized.

Action Date: 17-Nov-15

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Private

Company: 23d Company (Mounted)

Regiment: 2d Marines