John Mapes Adams

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John Mapes Adams
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] His birth name was George Lawrence Day, but he served in the Marine Corps under the alias of John Mapes Adams.[2]


He 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. He re-enlisted in Panama on October 11, 1902.

As of May 20, 1903 he had been promoted to the rank of gunnery sergeant and was hospitalized in Washington, D.C. [4]

Adams was buried at the Cypress Hills National Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York, Section 2, Grave 8262.[5]

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.[6][7]

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