The Ground War

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The ground war began on June 10th when 623 Marines under Colonel Robert Huntington landed at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.  Moving quickly inland, the Marines established their first position overlooking the bay at Camp McCalla.

Though the landing and first 24 hours at Cuba was without resistance, the lull was broken by two days of violent ambush from the Spanish at the city.

On June 14th the Marines went on the offensive, working their way towards the Cuzco Well, where the first major ground battle of the Spanish-American War was bitterly fought.  Two Marines earned Medals of Honor in what would be the last ground action for the Leathernecks.  Their decisive victory at Cuzco convinced the Spanish Commanders to pull their forces back to the city. 

John Fitzgerald
Private, U.S. Marine Corps

Born:   March 17, 1873 at Limerick, Ireland
Entered Service:   
New York, NY
Date/Place of Action:   
June 14, 1898 - Cuzco, Cuba
Unit:  Colonel Huntington's 1st Marine Battalion
Presentation:  
Presented on December 08, 1944 - G.O. 90
Date of Death:   
April 19, 1948
Buried at:  
Holy Cross Cemetery - Brooklyn, NY

John Henry Quick
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps

Born:   June 20, 1870 at Charleston, WV
Entered Service:    
Pennsylvania
Date/Place of Action:  
June 14, 1898 - Cuzco, Cuba
Unit:  Colonel Huntington's 1st Marine Battalion
Presentation:
  
Presented on December 14, 1898 - G.O. 500
Date of Death:  
September 09, 1922
Buried at:  
Memorial Park Cemetery - St. Louis, MO

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