Milton Lorenzi Haney
Regimental Chaplain, US Army

Born:  January 23, 1825 at Savannah, OH
Entered Service:   Bushnell, IL
Date/Place of Action:   July 22, 1864 - Atlanta, GA
Unit:  55th Illinois Infantry
Presentation:  November 03, 1896
Date of Death:   January 20, 1922
Buried at:  Mountain View Cemetery - Altadena, CA

Voluntarily carried a musket in the ranks of his regiment and rendered heroic service in retaking the Federal works which had been captured by the enemy.

  Boxer Rebellion  

The job of Chaplain Assistant wasn't authorized until December 28, 1909 when G.O No. 253 stated: "One enlisted man will be detailed on special duty...for the purpose of assisting the chaplain in the performance of his official duties."  Prior to establishment of an official position for the Chaplain Assistant however, it was not uncommon for younger soldiers to assist their chaplain in the conduct of services.  One who did was 20-year-old musician Calvin Titus, who assisted Army Chaplain Leslie R. Groves in ministering to American soldiers in China.

Scaling a 30-foot wall under fire from enemy soldiers was never envisioned in the job description of a Chaplain Assistant when it was defined in 1909.  During the Boxer Rebellion in China nine years earlier however, when when a volunteer was needed, it was musician Calvin Titus who answered the call.  

Though not officially a Chaplain Assistant--the MOS had not yet been authorized--he might well be considered the first and only Chaplain Assistant to earn the Medal of Honor.

Calvin Pearl Titus
Musician, US Army

Born:   September 22, 1879 at Vinton, IA
Entered Service:    Iowa
Date/Place of Action:  August 14, 1900 - Peking, China
Unit:  Company E, 14th US Infantry
  Presented at West Point 
     by President Theodore Roosevelt on March 11, 1902

Date of Death:  May 27, 1966
Buried at:  Forest Lawn Memorial Park - Hollywood, CA

Gallant and daring conduct in the presence of his colonel and other officers and enlisted men of his regiment; was first to scale the wall of the city.

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