b. 12/01/1867 Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, England. d. 04/10/1918 Blanc Mont Ridge, France.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 01/04/1899 Samoa, Philippines.
Henry Lewis Hulbert was born in Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire, England on January 12, 1867. He was the first born into a prosperous family. He attended Felsted School in Essex, and entered the British Colonial Civil Service, with his first appointment in Malaya. While in Malaya, he married Anne Rose Hewitt. A subsequent personal scandal and divorce resulted in Hulbert leaving Malaysia and arriving in the United States.
At age 31, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on March 28, 1898. He completed his boot camp training at Mare Island, California. His first military action was the British and American expedition of intervention in Samoa. He was part of a 200-man force of Americans, Britons and Samoans which was defeated at the Second Battle of Vailele in 1899 during the Second Samoan Civil War.
By the time the United States entered World War I, in 1917, Hulbert had reached the highest enlisted rank of sergeant major and was on the staff of Major General George Barnett, Commandant of the Marine Corps. Immediately prior to the U.S. entry into World War I, Hulbert was appointed a Marine Gunner (believed to be the first) with the Fifth Regiment on March 27, 1917.
He was wounded several times in combat and cited for bravery three different times. He was the recipient of several Purple Hearts and the Distinguished Service Cross, one of the first Marines to be so recognized. Sadly he was killed in action by an unknown German machine-gunner. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross. The French government bestowed the Croix de Guerre Order of the Army upon this "most gallant soldier".
For distinguished conduct in the presence of the enemy at Samoa, Philippine Islands.
BURIAL LOCATION: ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA.
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