Julius C. Townsend, Medal of Honor

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Julius Curtis Townsend

Birthdate: (58)
Birthplace: Athens, Missouri, United States
Death: December 28, 1939 (58)
Place of Burial: Arlington, Arlington, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of James Walter Townsend and Harriet Townsend
Husband of Martha Blanche Townsend
Brother of Henry Harold Townsend and Bertram Barton Townsend

Managed by: Shirley Marie Caulk
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About Julius C. Townsend, Medal of Honor


Julius Curtis Townsend (February 22, 1881 – December 28, 1939) was born in Missouri. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1902.

He received the Medal of Honor for actions at the United States occupation of Veracruz, 1914. He was awarded the Navy Cross and served in World War I.


The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Lieutenant Julius Curtis Townsend, United States Navy, for distinguished conduct in battle during the engagement of Vera Cruz, Mexico, 22 April 1914. Lieutenant Townsend 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.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 177 (December 4, 1915)

Action Date: 22-Apr-14

Service: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant


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Julius C. Townsend, Medal of Honor's Timeline

February 22, 1881
Athens, Missouri, United States
December 28, 1939
Age 58
Arlington, Arlington, Virginia, United States