William Peterkin Upshur

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William Peterkin Upshur

Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, USA
Death: Died in ner Sitka, Alaska
Cause of death: DNB - Died in plane crash, non battle
Place of Burial: Annapolis, Anne Arundel, Maryland, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Nottingham Upshur and Elizabeth Spencer Upshur
Husband of Lucy Upshur
Father of baby boy Upshur

Managed by: Marvin Caulk, (C)
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About William Peterkin Upshur


The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Captain William Peterkin Upshur, United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism in action at Fort Dipitie, Haiti. In company with members of the 15th Company of Marines, all mounted, Captain Upshur left Fort Liberte, Haiti, for a six-day reconnaissance. After dark on the evening of 24 October 1915, while crossing the river in a deep ravine, the detachment was suddenly fired upon from three sides by about 400 Cacos concealed in bushes about 100 yards from the fort. The Marine detachment fought its way forward to a good position which it maintained during the night, although subjected to a continuous fire from the Cacos. At daybreak, Captain Upshur, in command of one of the three squads which advanced in three different directions led his men forward, surprising and scattering the Cacos, and aiding in the capture of Fort Dipitie.

Action Date: October 24, 1915

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Captain

Company: 15th Company (Mounted)

Regiment: 2d Marines


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William Peterkin Upshur's Timeline

October 28, 1881
Richmond, Virginia, USA
Age 40
Washington, District of Columbia, USA
July 21, 1943
Age 61
ner Sitka, Alaska
Annapolis, Anne Arundel, Maryland, USA