Thomas Wilbur Kates

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Thomas Wilbur Kates
Born (1865-05-07)May 7, 1865
Shelby Center, New York
Died May 6, 1931(1931-05-06) (aged 65)
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Seal of the United States Marine Corps.svg United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1899–1903
Rank Sergeant
Battles/wars Boxer Rebellion
Awards Medal of Honor

Thomas W. Kates (May 7, 1865 - May 6, 1931) was an American Private serving in the United States Marine Corps during the Boxer Rebellion who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.


Kates was born May 7, 1865 in Shelby Center, New York and enlisted into the marine corps from the Marine Barracks in New York on July 21, 1899. After entering the Marine Corps he was sent to fight in the Chinese Boxer Rebellion.[1]

He received his Medal for his actions in Tientsin, China June 21, 1900 and the medal was presented to him on July 19, 1901.[1]

He was discharged from the marine corps May 19, 1903 in Brooklyn, New York.[2]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 7 May 1865, Shelby Center, N.Y. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901.


In the presence of the enemy during the advance on Tientsin, China, 21 June 1900, Kates distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "KATES, THOMAS WILBUR". Medal of Honor recipients, China Relief Expedition (Boxer Rebellion). United States Army Center of Military History. Retrieved February 6, 2010. 
  2. ^ Karl Schuon (June 1963). U. S. Marine Corps biographical dictionary: the corps' fighting men, what they did, where they served. Kates, Thomas Wilbur. Franklin Watts, Inc. p. 117. Retrieved February 6, 2010. 

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