The President of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
McGUlRE, FRED HENRY
Rank and organization:
Hospital Apprentice, U.S. Navy. Born: 7 November 1890, Gordonville, Mo. Entered
service at: Gordonville, Mo. G.O. No.: 138, 13 December 1911.
While attached to the U.S.S. Pampang, McGuire 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. Ordered to take station within 100 yards of a group of nipa huts close to
the trail, McGuire advanced and stood guard as the leader and his scout party first
searched the surrounding deep grasses, then moved into the open area before the huts.
Instantly enemy Moros opened point-blank fire on the exposed men and approximately 20
Moros charged the small group from inside the huts and from other concealed positions.
McGuire, responding to the calls for help, was one of the first on the scene. After
emptying his rifle into the attackers, he closed in with rifle, using it as a club to wage
fierce battle until his comrades arrived on the field, when he rallied to the aid of his
dying leader and other wounded. Although himself wounded, McGuire ministered tirelessly
and efficiently to those who had been struck down, thereby saving the lives of 2 who
otherwise might have succumbed to enemy-inflicted wounds.