b. 05/04/1879 Graysville, Pennsylvania. d. 25/03/1952 San Diego, California.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 17/11/1915 Fort Riviere, Haiti.
Haitian Campaign Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a Sergeant in the US Marine Corps, attached to U.S.S. Connecticut. On November 17, 1915, his Marine detachment was part of a concentrated attack on Caco bandits at Fort Riviere, Haiti. He remained in the Marine Corps and retired a Major.
In company with members of the Fifth, Thirteenth, Twenty-Third Companies and Marine and sailor detachment from the USS Connecticut, Sergeant Iams participated in the attack on Fort Riviere, Haiti, November 17, 1915. Following a concentrated drive, several different detachments of Marines gradually closed in on the old French bastion fort in an effort to cut off all avenues of retreat for the Caco bandits. Approaching a breach in the wall which was the only entrance to the fort, Sergeant Iams unhesitatingly jumped through the breach despite constant fire from the Cacos and engaged the enemy in a desperate hand-to-hand combat until the bastion was captured and Caco resistance neutralized.
BURIAL LOCATION: FORT ROSECRANS NATIONAL CEMETERY, SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA.
Section P Grave 2930
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