U.S. Army Engagements In Cuba

On June 22nd the first soldiers of General Rufus Shafter's Fifth Corps began landing at Siboney, west of the Marine position at Guantanamo Bay.  Over the following days American soldiers continued to make their way from their transports to the shore, set up their bivouacs, and move inland towards the city of Santiago.

Two days after the initial landing, elements of the First Brigade (which included the 1st US Volunteer Cavalry, the Rough Riders), engaged the Spanish forces in the first major battle of the US Army in Cuba.  At Las Guasimas these soldiers under General Henry War Lawton, who had earned the Medal of Honor during the Civil War, faced a superior enemy force in fortified positions.  Despite heavy casualties, the Americans pressed the attack driving forward towards their goal, Santiago.

James Robb Church
Assistant Surgeon, U.S. Army

Born:   1866 at Chicago, IL
Entered Service:    Washington, DC
Date/Place of Action:  June 24, 1898 - Las Guasimas, Cuba
Unit:  1st US Volunteer Cavalry (Rough Riders)
  Presented At the White House 
     By President Theodore Roosevelt on January 10, 1906

Date of Death:  May 18, 1923
Buried at:  Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, VA

Despite the arrival of US Army troops, much work remained for the Naval force, which patrolled the waters around Cuba and engaged enemy ships as they were encountered.

Frederick Muller
Mate, U.S. Navy

Born:   March 29, 1861 at Copenhagen, Denmark
Entered Service:   Massachusetts
Date/Place of Action:  June 30, 1898 - Manzanillo, Cuba
Unit:   U.S.S. Wompatuck
Presentation:  Presented on April 30, 1901 - G.O. 45
Date of Death:  June 09, 1946
Buried at:   Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, VA

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