William G. Powell

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William G. Powell
Born (1871-09-08)September 8, 1871
St. Louis, Missouri
Died May 11, 1955(1955-05-11) (aged 83)
Vence, France
Place of burial initially France
later moved to Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1893–1899 (USN)
1899–1942 (USMC)
Rank Brigadier General
Battles/wars Spanish–American War
Philippine–American War
World War I
Awards Marine Corps Brevet Medal

William Glasgow Powell (September 8, 1871 – May 11, 1955) was an American officer born in at St. Louis, Missouri and serving in the United States Marine Corps during the Spanish–American War who was one of 23 Marine Corps officers approved to receive the Marine Corps Brevet Medal for bravery.

In 1893 Powell graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

He bagan his military career by enlisting in the United States Navy during the Spanish–American War, and was commissioned a First Lieutenant in the Marine Corps in 1899. He served in the Philippines and in China. During World War I he served as Assistant Paymaster.

He retired in 1942 after over 40 years of service and was promoted to Brigadier General on the retired list.

On May 11, 1955 he died at his home in Vence, France and was initially buried there; at the time, he was the last living recipient of the Marine Corps Brevet Medal. On May 12, 1983 his remains were brought back to the United States and interred in Arlington National Cemetery.

Presidential citation[edit]


The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Marine Corps Brevet Medal to William Glasgow Powell, First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for distinguished conduct and public service in the presence of the enemy at Tientsin, China. On 28 March 1901, appointed Captain, by brevet, from 21 June 1900.[1]

Secretary of the Navy citation[edit]


The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in transmitting to First Lieutenant William Glasgow Powell, United States Marine Corps, the Brevet Medal which is awarded in accordance with Marine Corps Order No. 26 (1921), for distinguished conduct and public service in the presence of the enemy while serving with the Second Battalion of Marines, at Tientsin, China, on 21 June 1900. On 28 March 1901, First Lieutenant Powell is appointed Captain, by brevet, from 21 June 1900.[2]

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 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Marine Corps.
  1. ^ Sterner, C. Douglas. "U.S. Marine Corps Recipients of the Brevet Medal" (MS Word). Home of Heroes. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  2. ^ "Hall of Valor". William Powell. Military Times. Retrieved 2009-08-04.