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Reflections from Sinoland on the West's Veterans/Armistice Day

By Jeff J. Brown, 44 Days Publishing, Beijing,



While Ushering in the 20th Century, The West's Colonial Princes of Power Crank Up Their Worldwide Wehrmacht. This is their Official Narrative...

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1. US Marine Sergeant Clarence Edwin Sutton was born 18 February 1871, in Middlesex County, Virginia. On 13 July 1900, near Tianjin, China, his unit was under heavy fire from the enemy. Sutton assisted carrying a wounded officer from the field of battle and was killed that day. For his bravery in defending the honor and glory of the United States, Sgt. Sutton was awarded the US Marines Medal of Honor. He lived to be 28 years old.

From US Marines invading China during the Boxer Rebellion, 1900
US Marines invading China during the Boxer Rebellion, 1900
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2.    Charles F. Hoffman (aka Ernest Janson) was a Gunnery Sergeant in the US Marine Corp, 49th Company, 5th Regiment, 2nd Division. He was born on 17 August 1878 in New York, N.Y. Entering service in Brooklyn, he gave the last full measure of his devotion on 6 June 1918, near Chateau-Thierry, France, during WWI. He received a US Marines Medal of Honor and also the Navy Medal of Honor. Immediately after the company to which he belonged had reached its objective on Hill 142, several hostile counterattacks were launched against their line before the new position had been consolidated. G/Sgt. Hoffman was attempting to organize a position on the North Slope of the hill when he saw 12 of the enemy, armed with light machine guns, crawling towards his group. Giving the alarm, he rushed the hostile detachment, bayoneted two leaders and forced the others to flee, abandoning their guns. His quick action, initiative, and courage drove the enemy from a position from which they could have swept the hill with machine-gun fire and forced the withdrawal of the American troops. He was 38 years old that day, when he took his last breath.

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3. Donald Leroy Truesdale was a corporal in the US Marines. He was born on 8 August 1906, in Lugoff, South Carolina, where he enlisted. He received a Marines Medal of Honor when he was second-in-command of a Guardia Nacional Patrol in active operations against armed bandit forces in the vicinity of Constancia, near the Coco River, in Northern Nicaragua, on 24 April 1932. While the patrol was in formation on the trail searching for the bandit group, with which contact had just previously been made, a rifle grenade fell from its carrier and struck a rock, igniting the detonator. Several men close to the grenade at the time were in danger. Cpl. Truesdale, who was several yards away, could easily have sought cover and safety for himself. Knowing full well the grenade would explode within 2-3 seconds, he rushed for it, grasped it in his right hand and attempted to throw it away from the patrol. The grenade exploded in his hand, blowing it off and inflicting serious multiple wounds about his body. Cpl. Truesdale, in taking the full shock of the explosion himself, saved the members of the patrol from loss of life or serious injury. Until that fateful day, Donald Leroy lived for a brief quarter of a century.

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