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Samuel Marguilies

American Jewish Recipients of The Medal of Honor

MarguliesName used during service: Samuel Gross

Rank: Private

Service: U.S. Marine Corps

Unit: 23rd Company

Birthdate: May 9, 1891

Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Date of Death: September 13, 1934

Battle or Place of Action: Fort Riviere, Haiti

Date of Action: November 17, 1915


In company with members of the Fifth, Thirteenth, Twenty-third Companies and Marine and sailor detachments from the U.S.S. Connecticut, Gross participated in the attack on Fort Riviere, Haiti. Following a concentrated drive, several different detachments of Marines gradually closed in on the old French bastion fort in an effort to cut off all avenues of retreat for the Caco Bandits. Approaching a breach in the wall, which was the only entrance to the fort, Gross was the second man to pass through the breach in face of constant fire from the Caco Bandits and, thereafter, for a ten minute period, engaged the enemy in desperate hand-to-hand combat until the bastion was captured and the Caco resistance neutralized.

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