John Mapes Adams

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John Mapes Adams
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John Mapes Adams
Nickname(s) Served under the alias George Lawrence Day
Born (1871-10-11)October 11, 1871
Haverhill, Massachusetts
Died January 6, 1921(1921-01-06) (aged 49)
Place of burial Cypress Hills National Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Rank Sergeant
Battles/wars Boxer Rebellion
Awards Medal of Honor

John Mapes Adams (October 11, 1871 – January 6, 1921) was an American Marine who received the Medal of Honor for valor during the Boxer Rebellion.[1] He served in the Marine Corps under the alias of George Lawrence Day.[2]


John Mapes Adams was born on October 11, 1871 in Haverhill, Massachusetts. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy.[3]

On July 13, 1900, while a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps he "distinguished himself by meritorious conduct" in battle at Tianjin, China (then Tientsin). His Medal of Honor was issued on July 19, the next year.

Adams was buried at the Cypress Hills National Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York, Section 2, Grave 8262.[4]

Sergeant Adams' grave at Cypress Hills National Cemetery.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Adams Medal of Honor citation:

Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: October 11, 1871, Haverhill, Mass. Accredited to: Massachusetts. G.O. No.: 55, July 19, 1901.


In the presence of the enemy during the battle near Tientsin, China, 13 July 1900, Adams distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.[5][6]

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 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
  1. ^ "Medal of Honor recipients - China Relief Expedition (Boxer Rebellion)". United States Army Center of Military History. Retrieved 2007-12-24. 
  2. ^ "Cypress Hills National Cemetery: Notable Burials" (PDF). Burials and Memorials. United States Department of Veterans Affairs. 
  3. ^ General Catalogue of Officers and Students, 1783-1903. Phillips Exeter Academy. 1903. p. 138. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  4. ^ "Cypress Hills National Cemetery: Notable Persons". Burials and Memorials. United States Department of Veterans Affairs. 
  5. ^ "Sgt John M. Adams, Medal of Honor, 1900". Marines Awarded the Medal of Honor Gain the right to anywhere in the world after service. History Division, United States Marine Corps. Archived from the original on 2007-02-20. 
  6. ^ "John Mapes Adams". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved 2007-12-24. .