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ABOUT THE AMEDD REGIMENT

AMEDD HERALDIC ITEMS

ARMY AWARDS FOR VALOR AND THEIR CRITERIA

AMEDD MEDAL OF HONOR

CERTIFICATE OF MERIT

AMEDD DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS

AMEDD SILVER STAR

DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS

SOLDIER'S MEDAL

BRONZE STAR WITH "V" DEVICE

AMEDD NCO/ENLISTED HISTORY

COMMAND SERGEANTS MAJOR OF HSC/MEDCOM

AMEDD REGIMENTAL MUSIC

COMBAT MEDIC PRAYER

AMEDD POSTERS

ORDER OF MILITARY MEDICAL MERIT (02M3)

Certificate of Merit

History of Certificate of Merit

INTERESTING NOTES:

Privates William Girdwood and Richard Costner received the Certificate of Merit for taking an ambulance and rescuing an officer wounded by Sioux Indians near the Catholic Mission at White Clay Creek the day after Wounded Knee.  They are the first known AMEDD recipients of the Certificate of Merit.

SFC Leopold David went on to become the first Mayor of the new city of Anchorage, Alaska in 1920.

Sergeant Halbert Beasley earned his Certificate of Merit for his life saving actions following a train derailment in which he was one of the injured.

Private Fred Newsome is the last known AMEDD recipient of the Certificate of Merit for actions 27 August 1915.

 RECIPIENTS

BARNES, WALTER K.
Acting Hospital Steward, U.S. Army
Hospital Corps
Date of Action: June 3, 1900
Synopsis:
For going forward to the firing line June 3, 1900, in an engagement with insurgents and rescuing Private Perry G. Ethridge, Company A, Twenty second Infantry, having to pass over completely exposed ground and through an intense fire, Province of Bulacan, P.I.
General Order: Report of the Surgeon-General, War Department, Office of the Surgeon-General, Washington, 1902

BATES, JAMES
Private, U.S. Army
Hospital Corps
Date of Action: July 1, 1898
Citation:
For distinguished service in action, Santiago Cuba July 1, 1898
General Order: The Official Army Register for 1901, published by order of the Secretary of War by the Adjutant General’s Office December 2, 1900. 

BEASLEY, HALBERT M.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Hospital Corps
Date of Action: October 1913
Synopsis:
In October, 1913, a train carrying a band and two companies of Coast Artillery Corps, left the track and crashed through a wooden bridge near Buckatunna, Miss, and as a result, 17 men were killed and nearly 100 more or less seriously injured.  Sergeant Halbert M. Beasley, Hospital Corps, although he was himself injured, worked unceasingly in rendering first aid and assisting in the removal of the wounded.
General Order: Report of the Surgeon-General, War Department, Office of the Surgeon-General, Washington, 1914

BEYERL, PHILIP M.
Private, U.S. Army
Hospital Corps
Date of Action: November 13, 1899
Synopsis:
For saving an insane soldier from drowning, Manila Bay, P.I., November 13, 1899.  While on duty on the hospital ship Relief, an insane patient having eluded his attendant and jumped overboard, Private Beyerl sprang after him without a moment’s hesitation, and, although the night was dark and the bay rough, succeeded in reaching the patient and supported him until a boat came to his assistance.
General Order: The Official Army Register for 1901, published by order of the Secretary of War by the Adjutant General’s Office December 2, 1900, and Report of the Surgeon General, War Department, Office of the Sugeon General, Wahington 1900. 

COSTNER, RICHARD
Private, U.S. Army
Hospital Corps
Date of Action: 30 December 1890
Citation:
For gallantry in action against hostile Sioux Indians, near the Catholic Mission on White Clay Creek, South Dakota, in taking the ambulance, abandoned by its civilian teamster, and rescuing a wounded officer under fire, on the battlefield.
General Order: General Order 100, 1891.

DAVID, LEOPOLD
Sergeant First Class, U. S. Army
Hospital Corps
Date of Action: March 4, 1905
Citation:
For distinguished service in voluntarily continuing on his journey from Circle City to relieve reported suffering and sickness among the natives of Fort Yukon, Alaska, after his only assistant had been left behind disabled, and in spite of severe suffering from frost, involving the loss of several of his toes.
General Order: Report of the Surgeon-General, War Department, Office of the Surgeon-General, Washington, July 24, 1907

DOUGHENEY, JAMES J.
Private, U.S. Army
Hospital Corps
Date of Action: November 11, 1900
Citation:
For Distinguished gallantry in action while a private, Company L, Forty-seventh U.S. Infantry Volunteers (1162054, M.S.O.) Bulusan, Luzon, P.I. November 11, 1900
General Order: Report of the Surgeon-General, War Department, Office of the Surgeon-General, Washington, July 24, 1907

FISHER, ROBERT L.
Private, U.S. Army
Hospital Corps
Date of Action: 29 June 1907
Citation:
For rescuing a comrade from drowning, at the risk of his own life, while a private, Battery A, First Field Artillery, at Medicine Creek, near Fort Sill, Okla.
General Order: Report of the Surgeon-General, War Department, Office of the Surgeon-General, Washington, 1908

GIRDWOOD, WILLIAM
Private, U.S. Army
Hospital Corps
Date of Action: 30 December 1890
Citation:
For gallantry in action against hostile Sioux Indians, near the Catholic Mission on White Clay Creek, South Dakota, in taking the ambulance, abandoned by its civilian teamster, and rescuing a wounded officer under fire, on the battlefield.
General Order: General Order 100, 1891.

GUNN, JAMES C.
Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army
Hospital Corps
Date of Action: May 3, 1905
Citation:
Distinguished service in action (1071056 M.S.O.) Peruke-Utig. Lolo, P.I. May 3, 1905
General Order: Report of the Surgeon-General, War Department, Office of the Surgeon-General, Washington, July 24, 1907

HAMILTON, THOMAS
Private, U.S. Army
Hospital Corps
Date of Action: July 13, 1900
Citation:
For distinguished services in the attack on Tientsin, China, July 13, 1900, for succoring the wounded under a most severe fire of all arms.
General Order: Report of the Surgeon-General, War Department, Office of the Surgeon-General, Washington, July 24, 1907

HARING, ANDREW
Private, U.S. Army
Hospital Corps
Date of Action: July 1, 1898
Citation:
For distinguished service in battle, Santiago, Cuba.
General Order: Adjutant General Order 15, February 13, 1900

HEINZE, JULIUS
Private, U.S. Army
Hospital Corps
Date of Action: 16 October 1901
Citation:
For distinguished service in the fight, though three times wounded, did continue to fight bravely and afterwards to administer to the needs of the wounded till he swooned from exhaustion at Gandara River, Samar, Philippine Islands.
General Order: Report of the Surgeon-General, War Department, Office of the Surgeon-General, Washington, 1902

HERTER, OTTO
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Hospital Corps
Date of Action: March 27, 1903
Citation:
Meritorious conduct during an engagement with ladrones, while a private, Hospital Corps, in taking the gun of a wounded man, moving up on the firing line, displaying much coolness and bravery during entire engagement, and setting an excellent example for the troops of the command near Bago-Buntay, Rizal, Luzon, P.I.
General Order: General Order number 107, War Department, July 1, 1906

LEONARD, CHARLES L.
Hospital Steward, U.S. Army
Hospital Corps
Date of Action: April 8, 1903
Citation:
Distinguished gallantry in the assault while a hospital steward, Hospital Corps, U.S. Army on Fort Bacolod, Lake Lanao, Mindanao, P.I. April 8, 1903
General Order: General Orders number 107, War Department, July 1, 1906 and Report of the Surgeon-General, War Department, Office of the Surgeon-General, Washington, 1906

MCCOMYN, RICHARD H.
Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army
Hospital Corps
Date of Action: July 1, 1898
Citation:
Gallant conduct and highly distinguished service while a private, Troop A, Sixth U.S. Cavalry, in voluntarily leaving shelter and in the direct line of well-directed and continuous fire from the enemy, assisting in the rescue of a seriously wounded comrade who had fallen in the open field about 30 yards from his command in San Juan, Santiago, Cuba July 1, 1898.
General Order: General Orders number 107, War Department, July 1, 1906 and Report of the Surgeon-General, War Department, Office of the Surgeon-General, Washington, 1902

MCCOY, MILTON
Private, U.S. Army
Hospital Corps
Date of Action: 12 February 1900
Citation:
For distinguished gallantry in action near Santa Clara, Luzon, Philippine Islands
General Order: Report of the Surgeon-General, War Department, Office of the Surgeon-General, Washington, 1902

MCMURDO, ARCHIE D.
Private, U.S. Army
Hospital Corps
Date of Action: July 4, 1901
Citation:
For rescuing a companion from drowning in the Potomac River at Washington Barracks, District of Columbia, July 4, 1901
General Order: Report of the Surgeon-General, War Department, Office of the Surgeon-General, Washington, 1902

METCALF, CHARLES K.
Acting Hospital Steward, U.S. Army
Hospital Corps
Date of Action: 8 September 1900
Citation:
For bravery displayed at Camp Hawley during the storm at Galveston, Texas 8 September 1900.
General Order: General Order 32, 1904.
*  From “The Certificate of Merit, US Army Distinguished Service Award 1847 – 1918” by LTC Albert F. Gleim, USA

MORRISON, EDWARD W.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Hospital Corps
Date of Action: December 15, 1913
Synopsis:
On April 21, 1914 Private First Class Edward W. Morrison, Hospital Corps, was awarded a certificate of merit for meritorious conduct in rendering first aid to wounded comrades under fire of hostile Moros at Mamaya Peak, P.I. , December 15, 1913.
General Order: Report of the Surgeon-General, War Department, Office of the Surgeon-General, Washington, 1914

MOSELY, THOMAS
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Hospital Corps
Date of Action: June 11, 1913
Synopsis:
Private First Class Thomas Mosely, Hospital Corps, was awarded a certificate of merit for distinguished gallantry in action against hostile Moros while private, Hospital Corps, when he bandaged a wounded officer, in the face of a heavy fire from the Moro trenches, and carried him to a place of safety at the risk of his own life.  This at Bagsak Mountain, Jolo, P.I., June 11, 1913
General Order: Report of the Surgeon-General, War Department, Office of the Surgeon-General, Washington, 1914

NEWSOME, FRED l.
Private, U.S. Army
Hospital Corps
Date of Action: 27 August 1915
Citation:
For rescuing a child from a burning building at great risk of his own life at Presidio of San Francisco, California 27 August 1915.
General Order: Bul 5, 1917.
*  From “The Certificate of Merit, US Army Distinguished Service Award 1847 – 1918” by LTC Albert F. Gleim, USA

PASCHAL, JESSE J.
Private, U.S. Army
Hospital Corps
Date of Action: July 4, 1906
Citation:
Voluntarily imperiled his own life in the rescue of fellow soldiers, while a private, Fourteenth Company Coast Artillery Corps, U.S. Army (1154727 M.S.O.) Fort Screven, Georgia July 4, 1906
General Order: Report of the Surgeon-General, War Department, Office of the Surgeon-General, Washington, July 24, 1907

PHELPS, WILLIAM H.
Private, U.S. Army
Hospital Corps
Date of Action: July 4, 1900
Citation:
For distinguished services in action at Maincling, Luzon on the night of July 4, 1900.  Under a terrific fire he left the dressing station and went to the trenches to administer to the wounded.
General Order: Report of the Surgeon-General, War Department, Office of the Surgeon-General, Washington, July 24, 1907

PLATT, ORA
Private, U.S. Army
Hospital Corps
Date of Action: 1 Jul 1899
Citation:
For conspicuous gallantry in action.
General Order: General Order 86, 1902.
*  From “The Certificate of Merit, US Army Distinguished Service Award 1847 – 1918” by LTC Albert F. Gleim, USA

PYE, HARRY E.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Hospital Corps
Date of Action: March 1, 1911
Synopsis:
Sergeant Harry E. Pye was granted a certificate of merit November 1, 1911, for gallant conduct in assisting, at the risk of his own life, in saving a native from drowning, on the capsizing of a lorcha.  This occurred in the narrows between the island of Samal and the minland of Mindanao, P.I., March 1, 1911
General Order: Report of the Surgeon-General, War Department, Office of the Surgeon-General, Washington, 1912

RUTLEDGE, JESSE
Private, U.S. Army
Hospital Corps
Date of Action: October 29, 1899
Citation:
For gallant and meritorious services in rendering first aid to the wounded at Lubao, Luzon, October 29, 1899.  Private Rutledge was shot immediately after contact was made with the insurgents, but he continued to fight and render first aid.
General Order: Report of the Surgeon-General, War Department, Office of the Surgeon-General, Washington, 1902

RYAN, FRANK T.
Private, U.S. Army
Hospital Corps
Date of Action: July 4, 1906
Citation:
Voluntarily imperiled his own life in the rescue of fellow soldiers. (1154698 M.S.O.) Fort Screven, Georgia July 4, 1906
General Order: Report of the Surgeon-General, War Department, Office of the Surgeon-General, Washington, July 24, 1907

SHIELDS, HARRY
Private, U.S. Army
Hospital Corps
Date of Action: June 14, 1899
Citation:
For distinguished conduct in the flood at Brackettville, Texas.
General Order: Adjutant General Order 15, February 13, 1900

VAN ARNAM, DAVID L.
Private, U.S. Army
Hospital Corps
Date of Action: 29 March 1900
Citation:
For the high order of courage and devotion to duty shown by him throughout the arduous campaign against the insurgent mountain stronghold near La Paz, and especially during the fight on April 26, 1900, in removing to cover a severely wounded man whose comrades had left him apparently dying exposed to a galling fire, by which act the man’s life was saved.
General Order: Report of the Surgeon-General, War Department, Office of the Surgeon-General, Washington, 1902