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Allan Cunningham Kelton

Date of birth: June 24, 1846
Date of death: November 22, 1928
Burial location: Arlington, VA
Place of Birth: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Home of record: Philadelphia Pennsylvania

Allan Kelton served briefly in the Navy during the Civil War, and after the war served for two years in the U.S. Army. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1866 but did not graduate with his class, and was subsequently commissioned in the Marine Corps. His older brother was a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and served in the Civil War and later became Adjutant General of the Army. Allan Kelton retired as a Colonel of Marines in 1909, after more than 40 years of service in the Navy, Army, and Marine Corps.


Marine Corps Brevet Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Spanish-American War

The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in transmitting to Captain Allan Cunningham Kelton, United States Marine Corps, the Brevet Medal which is awarded in accordance with Marine Corps Order No. 26 (1921), for distinguished conduct and public service in the presence of the enemy while serving with Company A, First Marine (Huntington's) Battalion, at Guantanamo, Cuba, on 11 June 1898. On 18 March 1901, Captain Kelton is appointed Major, by brevet, to take rank from 11 June 1898.

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

Action Date: June 11, 1898

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Captain

Company: Company A

Battalion: 1st Marine (Huntington's) Battalion