19 April 2009

Medal of Honor: W. C. Neville


Lieutenant Colonel, US Marine Corps; commanding 2nd Marine Regiment

Born: 12 May 1870, Portsmouth, Virginia
Died: 8 July 1930, Edgewater, Florida

Citation: For distinguished conduct in battle engagements of Vera Cruz [Mexico] 21 and 22 April 1914. In command of the 2d Regiment Marines, Lt. Col. Neville was in both days' fighting and almost continually under fire from soon after landing, about noon on the 21st, until we were in possession of the city, about noon of the 22d. His duties required him to be at points of great danger in directing his officers and men, and he exhibited conspicuous courage, coolness, and skill in his conduct of the fighting. Upon his courage and skill depended, in great measure, success or failure. His responsibilities were great and he met them in a manner worthy of commendation.

Note: USS Neville (APA 9) was named in his honour.

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