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Samuel Marguiles

(1891 - 1934)


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Samuel Marguiles (also known as Samuel Gross) was a Jewish American soldier who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in honor of his valor during the American occupation of Haiti in 1915.

Marguiles (born May 9, 1891; died September 9, 1934) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

A private with the U.S. Marine Corps, Marguiles participated in battles against the Caco bandit insurgency during the American occupation of Haiti in 1915. Marguiles participated in the attack Fort Riviere in November 1915, and engaged the enemy in desperate hand-to-hand combat for at least ten minutes until the bastion was captured and the Caco resistance neutralized. Marguiles also saved the life of Smedley Butler.

Marguiles died in September 1934 and was buried in Har Nebo Cemetery in Philadelphia.


Sources: Jewish Recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, compiled by Seymour "Sy" Brody

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