Captain Marcellus H Chiles

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    liverpool annie New Member


    Rank and Organization: Captain, U.S. Army, 356th Infantry, 89th Division. Place and Date: Near Le Champy Bas, France, 3 November 1918. Entered Service At: Denver, Colo. Birth: Eureka Springs, Ark. G. O. No.: 20, W.D., 1919.

    When his battalion, of which he had just taken command, was halted by machinegun fire from the front and left flank, he picked up the rifle of a dead soldier and, calling on his men to follow led the advance across a stream, waist deep, in the face of the machinegun fire. Upon reaching the opposite bank this gallant officer was seriously wounded in the abdomen by a sniper, but before permitting himself to be evacuated he made complete arrangements for turning over his command to the next senior officer, and under the inspiration of his fearless leadership his battalion reached its objective. Capt. Chiles died shortly after reaching the hospital.

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    liverpool annie New Member

    Captain Marcellus Holmes Chiles was another Denver boy who paid the supreme sacrifice, having been a member of Company A, 356th Infantry, 89th Division. He died on November 5th, 1918, from wounds received in action in the Argonne. He was designated as one of the one hundred heroes of the World War.

    Marcellus Holmes Chiles was buried in the Argonne American Cemetery, Plot C Row 31 Grave 23, Romagne Sout-Mont-Fancon, Department of Meuse France Chiles.htm

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