Historical records matching Lt. Louis Van Schaick, Medal of Honor
About Lt. Louis Van Schaick, Medal of Honor
ouis Joseph Van Schaick was an officer in the United States Army and a Medal of Honor recipient for his actions in the Philippine-American War. He graduated from West Point in 1900. Pronounced "Van Scoik", he went on to fight with General John J. Pershing in pursuit of Pancho Villa, and was part of the 1st expeditionary force sent to France (as a lieutenant colonel), again with General Pershing. He was retired for disability in August 1934 with the rank of colonel. He was later imprisoned during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines.
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Louis Joseph Van Schaick, United States Army, for most distinguished gallantry on 23 November 1901, while serving with 4th Cavalry, in action at Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippine Islands. While in pursuit of a band of insurgents, First Lieutenant Van Shaick was the first of his detachment to emerge from a canyon, and seeing a column of insurgents and fearing they might turn and dispatch his men as they emerged one by one from the canyon, galloped forward and closed with the insurgents, thereby throwing them into confusion until the arrival of others of the detachment.
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 33 (1913)
Action Date: 23-Nov-01
Rank: First Lieutenant
Regiment: 4th Cavalry