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William Robert Button

Date of birth: December 3, 1895
Date of death: April 15, 1921
Burial location: St. Louis, Missouri
Place of Birth: Missouri, St. Louis
Home of record: St. Louis Missouri


Medal of Honor

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Awarded for actions during the Second Haitian Campaign

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Corporal William Robert Button, United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in actual conflict with the enemy near Grande Riviere, Republic of Haiti, on the night of 31 October - 1 November 1919, resulting in the death of Charlemagne Peralte, the supreme bandit chief in the Republic of Haiti, and the killing, capture and dispersal of about 1,200 of his outlaw followers. Corporal William R. Button not only distinguished himself by his excellent judgment and leadership but also unhesitatingly exposed himself to great personal danger when the slightest error would have forfeited not only his life but the lives of the detachments of Gendarmerie under his command. The successful termination of his mission will undoubtedly prove of untold value to the Republic of Haiti.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 536, June 10 (1920)

Action Date: October 31 & November 1, 1919

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Corporal

Division: Gendarmerie d'Haiti