Macon C. Overton

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Captain
Macon C. Overton
Died October 10, 1918(1918-10-10) (aged 28)
Service/branch U.S. Marines
Rank Captain

Macon C. Overton (18 August 1890 – 1918) was an officer in the United States Marine Corps during World War I.

Personal life[edit]

Overton was born in Union Point, Georgia.

Military service[edit]

Mortally wounded while guiding a tank against an enemy position at St. George, France on 1 November 1918. Marine Captain Overton had previously been awarded the Croix de Guerre with silver star and palm for action in the Bois de Belleau (13 June 1918) and the Distinguished Service Cross for action near Mont Blanc (2–10 October 1918).

For his courage and leadership at St. George, he was posthumously awarded an oak leaf cluster to his Distinguished Service Cross.

Recognition[edit]

The destroyer USS Overton (DD-239) was named in his honor in 1919.


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.