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Louis John Magill

Date of birth: January 31, 1871
Date of death: 20-Feb-21
Place of Birth: Pennsylvania, Erie
Home of record: Erie Pennsylvania

Louis Magill graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1893. He served in Cuba during the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Islands, and Haiti. As Colonel, he was Officer in Charge of the Eastern Recruiting Division in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, until his sudden death on February 20, 1921. One of Colonel Magill's last official acts was the presentation of the Navy Medal of Honor to Charles F. Hoffman for his World War I heroism. Louis Magill never received the Brevet Medal, which was authorized for award and for which the medal a struck. Magill died before the award could be presented, and since Brevet Medals were not awarded posthumously, his medal was not forwarded to his next of kin, but rather was placed on exhibition in the National Museum.


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 Second Lieutenant Louis John Magill, United States Marine Corps, the Brevet Medal which is awarded in accordance with Marine Corps Order No. 26 (1921), for good judgment and gallantry in battle while serving with the First Marine (Huntington's) Battalion, at Guantanamo, Cuba, on 13 June 1898. On 10 August 1898, Second Lieutenant Magill is appointed First Lieutenant and Captain, by brevet, to take rank from 13 June 1898.

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

Action Date: June 13, 1898

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Battalion: 1st Marine (Huntington's) Battalion