20 Of The Most Decorated Servicemen In American History

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A second Medal of Honor came in 1915, while Daly was fighting rebels in Haiti at the Battle of Fort Dipitie. His unit was ambushed by a much larger force of Haitian rebels, and despite being heavily outnumbered, he led his men to safety. Then in WWI Daly participated in the fierce Battle of Belleau Wood in France in 1918 and won a Navy Cross. He is one of only two soldiers ever to have won two Medals of Honor in separate actions.

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18. Major General Smedley Butler

Smedley Darlington Butler was born in 1881 in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Keen to sign up, he later lied about his age so that he could join the forces, in his case the U.S. Marines in 1898. Sent to the Philippines in 1899, Butler had his first taste of armed combat, leading 300 men as they took a town called Noveleta.

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Butler was then sent to China in 1900 to suppress the Boxer Rebellion, and his heroics when wounded there resulted in a Marine Corps Brevet Medal. In 1914 he won a Medal of Honor for his bravery during street fighting in Veracruz, Mexico. A second such award came as a result of combat in Haiti in 1915 at the Battle of Dipitie. Along with Dan Daly, who also received his second medal at Dipitie, Butler is the only Marine to receive two Medals of Honor from separate actions.

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