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Calvin Pearl Titus

Date of birth: September 22, 1879
Date of death: May 27, 1966
Burial location: Hollywood, California
Place of Birth: Iowa, Vinton
Home of record: Vinton Iowa

When the Spanish-American War broke out, 18-year old Calvin Titus joined the Iowa National Guard. The brief war ended before his unit was activated, so he enlisted in the regular army to serve in the Philippines. His courage there led to an appointment to West Point where, during his first year, President Theodore Roosevelt awarded his Medal of Honor. Titus graduated 43d in his class of 1905, and returned to his old unit as a lieutenant. Titus served 32 years in the army, six of which were spent as commandant of the Coe College (Cedar Rapids, IA) R.O.T.C. program.


Medal of Honor

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Awarded for actions during the China Relief

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Musician Calvin Pearl Titus, United States Army, for gallant and daring conduct in the presence of his colonel and other officers and enlisted men of his regiment on 14 August 1900, while serving with Company E, 14th Infantry, at Peking, China. Musician Titus was first to scale the wall of the city.

General Orders: Date of Issue: March 11, 1902

Action Date: 14-Aug-00

Service: Army

Rank: Musician

Company: Company E

Regiment: 14th Infantry