Fred Henry McGuire - Springfield National Cemetery - Springfield, Missouri
Posted by: BruceS
N 37° 10.397 W 093° 15.770
15S E 476667 N 4114127
Quick Description: Final resting place of Medal of Honor recipient who earned the Medal during was is termed Action Against Philippine Outlaws — 1911. Located at Springfield National Cemetery in Springfield, Missouri.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 10/31/2011 8:53:06 PM
Waymark Code: WMD03Z
Rank and organization: Hospital Apprentice, U.S. Navy.
Born: 7 November 1890, Gordonville, Missouri.
Died: 4 February 1958
Entered service at: Gordonville, Missouri.
Award date: 13 December 1911.
Citation: While attached to the U.S.S. Pampang, McGuire was one of a shore party moving in to capture Mundang, on the island of Basilan, Philippine Islands, on the morning of 24 September 1911. Ordered to take station within 100 yards of a group of nipa huts close to the trail, McGuire advanced and stood guard as the leader and his scout party first searched the surrounding deep grasses, then moved into the open area before the huts. Instantly enemy Moros opened point-blank fire on the exposed men and approximately 20 Moros charged the small group from inside the huts and from other concealed positions. McGuire, responding to the calls for help, was one of the first on the scene. After emptying his rifle into the attackers, he closed in with rifle, using it as a club to wage fierce battle until his comrades arrived on the field, when he rallied to the aid of his dying leader and other wounded. Although himself wounded, McGuire ministered tirelessly and efficiently to those who had been struck down, thereby saving the lives of 2 who otherwise might have succumbed to enemy-inflicted wounds. - information from Center for Military History website
"Fred Henry McGuire was born on 7 November 1890 in Gordonville, Missouri. He enlisted from that same state in the U.S. Navy and became rated as a Hospital Apprentice. On 24 September 1911, he served in a shore party from the gunboat USS Pampanga ordered to capture the Moros outlaws near the Mundang village on Basilan, Philippine Islands. Suddenly, the outlaws attacked by surprise. McGuire fired back at the enemy, and when his ammunition was depleted, he used his rifle as a weapon. Subsequently wounded in the battle, he immediately helped his dying leader and other wounded crewmembers until help arrived. For his action on this occasion, he was awarded the Medal of Honor.
In November 1939, McGuire retired from the Navy. During World War II, he was recalled to active duty and served in the Hospital Corps Division at Bureau of Medicine, Washington, D.C. In October 1945, he was again placed on the retired list. Fred H. McGuire died on 4 February 1958 and is buried at Springfield National Cemetery, Springfield, Missouri." - from Naval History & Heritage website