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#OTD in 1915, Major Smedley Darlington Butler, while serving as the commanding officer for the 5th, 13th, and 23rd Companies and Marine and Sailor detachment aboard the U.S.S. Connecticut, led the attack on Fort Riviere on 17 November 1915 during the Haitian Campaign.

 

Following a concentrated drive, several different detachments of Marines gradually closed in on the French bastion fort, cutting all avenues of retreat for the Haitian guerrilla group bandits inside. After reaching the fort on the southern side where there was a small opening in the wall, Maj. Butler gave the signal to attack. Marines from the 15th Company poured through the breach, engaged the Haitian guerrillas in hand-to-hand combat, took the bastion, and crushed the guerrilla resistance. Throughout this perilous action, Maj. Butler was conspicuous for his bravery and forceful leadership.

 

Maj Butler was awarded his second Medal of Honor for the extraordinary heroism for his actions, having received the first for actions in Veracruz, Mexico in 1914. Maj Butler is one of two Marines to receive two Medal of Honors on separate occasions throughout his career. 

 

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Medal of Honor citation of Major Smedley D. Butler, USMC (as printed in the official publication "Medal of Honor, 1861-1949, The Navy", page 97):

 

 

"For distinguished conduct in battle, engagement of Vera Cruz, 22 April 1914. Major Butler was eminent and conspicuous in command of his battalion. He exhibited courage and skill in leading his men through the action of the 22nd and in the final occupation of the city."

 

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Medal of Honor citation of Major Smedley D. Butler, USMC (as printed in the official publication "Medal of Honor, 1861-1949, The Navy", page 104):

 

 

"As Commanding Officer of detachments from the Fifth, Thirteenth, Twenty-third Companies and the marine and sailor detachment from the U.S.S. Connecticut, Major Butler led the attack on Fort Riviere, Haiti, 17 November 1915. Following a concentrated drive, several different detachments of marines gradually closed in on the old French bastion fort in an effort to cut off all avenues of retreat for the Caco bandits. Reaching the fort on the southern side where there was a small opening in the wall, Major Butler gave the signal to attack and marines from the Fifteenth Company poured through the breach, engaged the Cacos in hand-to-hand combat, took the bastion and crushed the Caco resistence. Throughout this perilous action, Major Butler was conspicuous for his bravery and forceful leadership."

 

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Ever read his book War is a Racket ?

https://kether.com/words/butler-smedley--war-is-a-racket-1.pdf

 

Or the time He exposed and stopped  Prescott Bush ( yes that Bush family ) and Others in a attempt to remove FDR as President and install a Fascist Government ?

 

President Franklin Roosevelt’s experimental and drastic actions to combat the depression were very controversial. His overwhelming election in 1932, followed by three subsequent reelections, clearly demonstrated his extraordinary popularity with the average Americans. However, many wealthy and influential conservative leaders feared that Roosevelt was destroying the underpinnings of American democracy.

According to General Butler’s sworn testimony, a group of influential, wealthy conservatives, outraged by the new deal, schemed to raise a group of 500,000 World War I veterans to march on Washington, DC. They planned to lay siege to the capital and force FDR to resign. The plan was to install General Butler as the new dictator of America. The plotters aimed to recruit men through the American Legion. The plotters allegedly promised $59 million (in 2022 money) to back the effort. They believed General Butler’s enormous popularity and sterling reputation provided gravitas to their scheme. Additionally, Butler had spoken out against the mistreatment of homeless veterans during the 1932 encampment known as the Bonus March on Washington.

An article on the coup summarized Butler’s identification of the plotters:

“the plan was supposedly dreamed up by prominent tycoons and Wall Street big shots who controlled many of the country’s major corporations like Chase Bank, Maxwell House, General Motors, Goodyear, Standard Oil, DuPont, and Heinz, as well as other noted Americans, including Prescott Bush, grandfather of former U.S. president George W. Bush.”

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8 minutes ago, Marshal Mo Hare, SASS #45984 said:

So there is no oak leaf cluster for a second award?

I'm not sure when other awards were authorized, but until sometime around WWI, the Medal of Honor was the only honor besides the Purple Heart. IIRC, Tom Custer was also recipient of two MOH.

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