AMERICAN BADASS SERIES- Marine Corps Legends SMEDLEY BUTLER
3” x 2” hook backed.
Along with Dan Daly as the only 2 recipients of TWO Medals of Honor, is this badass Marine and #6 of 7 from the digital print AMERICAN BADASS SERIES- Marine Corps Legends!
SMEDLEY BUTLER IS A TRUE MARINE CORPS LEGEND and here’s why! Butler’s father was a U.S. Congressman for 31 years and was chairman of the House Naval Affairs Committee during the Harding and Coolidge administrations. Smedley Butler is one of TWO Marines who received TWO Medals of Honor for SEPARATE actions, Vera Cruz, Mexico and Haiti. With his award of the Marine Corps Brevet Medal in the Boxer Rebellion, an award considered on par with the Medal of Honor, he could technically be called the only TRIPLE recipient of the Medal of Honor. During World War I he was awarded both the Army and Navy Distinguished Service Medals. He retired as a Major General in 1939, but failed in his subsequent efforts to be elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate. Known for indiscreet remarks on international affairs that were at odds with officials while he was in the Marine Corps, actions that netted him a reprimand from the Secretary of the Navy, Butler became a popular speaker in retirement and subsequently wrote a book titled “War is a Racket”.
First MOH citation:
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor (First Award) to Major Smedley Darlington Butler, United States Marine Corps, for distinguished conduct in battle, in the engagement of Vera Cruz, Mexico, on 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 22d and in the final occupation of the city.
2nd MOH Citation:
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor (Second Award) to Major Smedley Darlington Butler, United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism in action as Commanding Officer of detachments from the 5th, 13th, 23d Companies and the Marine and Sailor Detachment from the U.S.S. CONNECTICUT, Major Butler led the attack on Fort Riviere, Haiti, on 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 15th Company poured through the breach, engaged the Cacos in hand-to-hand combat, took the bastion and crushed the Caco resistance. Throughout this perilous action, Major Butler was conspicuous for his bravery and forceful leadership.
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