Ross Lindsey Iams

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Ross Lindsey Iams
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Ross L. Iams in his Dress Blue Uniform
Born (1879-04-05)April 5, 1879
Graysville, Pennsylvania
Died 25 March 1952(1952-03-25) (aged 72)
Place of burial Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery San Diego, California
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch USMC logo.svg United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1901 - 1932, 1942
Rank Major
Unit 2nd Marine Regiment
Awards Medal of Honor

Ross Lindsey Iams (April 5, 1879–March 25, 1952) was a United States Marine who received the Medal of Honor for actions in Haiti on November 17, 1915. Iams served for over 30 years in the Marine Corps, reaching the rank of Major. Major Iams is buried in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, California.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Ross Lindey Iams was awarded the Medal of Honor for actions while a Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. His citation reads:

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.

Service time line[edit]

  • January 29, 1901 — enlisted in the Marine Corps
  • various brevets as Marine Gunner, Lieutenant and Captain
  • June 4, 1920 — permanent appointment as Captain, U.S. Marine Corps
  • November 1932 — retirement
  • January 19, 1942 — returned to active duty as Major

See also[edit]


  • "Major Ross L. Iams, USMC". Who's Who in Marine Corps History. History Division, United States Marine Corps. Retrieved September 3, 2007. 

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