CATHERWOOD, JOHN HUGH
Rank and organization: Ordinary Seaman,
U.S. Navy. Born: 7 August 1888, Springfield, Ill. Accredited to:
Illinois. G.O. No.: 138, 13 December 1911.
While attached to the U.S.S. Pampang, Catherwood was one of a shore party moving in to
capture Mundang, on the island of Basilan, Philippine Islands, on the morning of 24
September 1911. Advancing with the scout party to reconnoiter a group of nipa huts close
to the trail, Catherwood unhesitatingly entered the open area before the huts, where his
party was suddenly taken under point-blank fire and charged by approximately 20 enemy
Moros coming out from inside the native huts and from other concealed positions. Struck
down almost instantly by the outlaws' deadly fire, Catherwood, although unable to rise,
rallied to the defense of his leader and fought desperately to beat off the hostile
attack. By his valiant effort under fire and in the face of great odds, Catherwood
contributed materially toward the destruction and rout of the enemy.