The President of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
IAMS, ROSS LINDSEYRank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Marine
Corps, 5th Co. Born: 5 May 1879, Graysville, Pa. Accredited to:
In company with members of the 5th,
13th, 23d Companies and marine and sailor detachment from the U.S.S. Connecticut, Sgt.
Iams 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, Sgt.
Iams unhesitatingly jumped through the breach despite constant fire from the Cacos and
engaged the enemy in a desperate hand-to-hand combat until the bastion was captured and
Caco resistance neutralized.
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