b. 01/07/1875 Cobleskill, New York. d. 14/02/1945 Philippines.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 23/11/1901 Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines.
He was born on July 1, 1875 in Cobleskill, New York. Van Schaick attended West Point as a member of the 1900 class, but left one year before graduating to join the army. While serving in the Philippines, he held the governorships of Cavite (1905–1907) and Mindoro (1908–1912).
He later went on to fight with General John J. Pershing in pursuit of Pancho Villa, and was part of the 1st expeditionary force sent to France (as a lieutenant colonel), again with General Pershing. He was retired for disability in August 1934 with the rank of colonel. He was later imprisoned during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, and died shortly after his release on February 14, 1945.
While in pursuit of a band of insurgents was the first of his detachment to emerge from a canyon, and seeing a column of insurgents and fearing they might turn and dispatch his men as they emerged one by one from the canyon, galloped forward and closed with the insurgents, thereby throwing them into confusion until the arrival of others of the detachment.
BURIAL LOCATION: MANILA AMERICAN CEMETERY, MANILA, PHILIPPINES.
Plot D Row 3 Grave 162
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