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John Twiggs Myers

Date of birth: January 29, 1871
Date of death: 17-Apr-52
Burial location: Arlington, VA
Place of Birth: Germany, Wiesbaden
Home of record: Washington District of Columbia

John Myers was the great-grandson of Revolutionary War hero General John Twiggs, and the son of Abraham Myers who had graduated from West Point who had served in the Seminole and Mexican Wars before becoming Quartermaster General of the Confederate Army in the Civil War. He was born in Germany to which his father had moved following the Civil War. After the family returned in 1876, John Myers was appointed to from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, graduating with the Class of 1892. He served in the Navy until he was appointed a Marine Corps Second Lieutenant in 1895. In 1928 he served as Assistant to the Commandant at Headquarters Marine Corps and then, as a Major General, he served as Commanding General, Department of the Pacific and Western Recruiting Area. He was promoted to Lieutenant General and placed on the retired list at the mandatory retirement age of 64 years.


Marine Corps Brevet Medal

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Awarded for actions during the China Relief

The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in transmitting to Captain John Twiggs Myers, United States Marine Corps, the Brevet Medal which is awarded in accordance with Marine Corps Order No. 26 (1921), for distinguished conduct in the presence of the enemy at the defense of the legations at Peking, China, on 20 July 1900. On 28 March 1901, Captain Myers is appointed Major, by brevet, to take rank from 20 July 1900.

General Orders: Marine Corps Orders No. 26 (June 27, 1921)

Action Date: 20-Jul-00

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Captain

Company: Commander

Division: American Legation Guard Force (Peking)