Matthew Arlington Batson

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Matthew Arlington Batson
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Matthew A. Batson
Born (1866-04-24)April 24, 1866
Anna Illinois
Died January 13, 1917(1917-01-13) (aged 50)
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1888 - 1902
Rank Major
Unit 2nd Cavalry Regiment
4th Cavalry Regiment
Battles/wars Philippine-American War
Awards Medal of Honor

Matthew Arlington Batson (24 April 1866 – 13 January 1917) was a United States Army Officer who received the Medal of Honor for actions during the Philippine-American War. 1st Lieutenant Batson was awarded the medal for swimming the San Juan River under enemy fire. He was awarded his medal alongside Captain Hugh J. McGrath who performed the same feat.

Military record[edit]

Batson joined the 2nd United States Cavalry on 9 April 1888 and was commissioned as an officer in August 1891. He retired as a Major of volunteers and a Regular Army Captain in February 1902.

He died on 13 January 1917 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery Section 2, Lot 3604-WS.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Batson's Medal of Honor citation reads:

Swam the San Juan River in the face of the enemy's fire and drove him from his entrenchments.

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