(Real name Marguiles, Samuel)
Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps, 23d Co. Born:
9 May 1891, Philadelphia, Pa. Accredited to: Pennsylvania.
In company with members of the 5th,
13th, 23d Companies and the marine and sailor detachment from the U.S.S. Connecticut,
Gross participated in the attack on Fort Riviere, Haiti, 17 November 1915. Following a
concentrated drive, several different detachments of marines gradually closed in on the
old French bastion fort in an effort to cut off all avenues of retreat for the Caco
bandits. Approaching a breach in the wall which was the only entrance to the fort, Gross
was the second man to pass through the breach in the face of constant fire from the Cacos
and, thereafter, for a 10-minute period, engaged the enemy in desperate hand-to-hand
combat until the bastion was captured and Caco resistance neutralized.