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First Name: James

Last Name: Church

Birthplace: Chicago, IL, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Middle Name: Robb

Date of Birth: 01 January 1866

Date of Death: 18 May 1923

Rank: Colonel

Years Served:
James Robb Church

•  Spanish-American War (1898)
•  World War I (1914 - 1918)


James Robb Church

Colonel, U.S. Army

Medal of Honor Recipient

Spanish-American War

Colonel James Robb Church (1 January 1866 - 18 May 1923) was a U.S. Army officer and Assistant Surgeon who received the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his heroic actions during the Spanish-American War.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Assistant Surgeon, U.S. Army, 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry

Place and date: Las Guasimas, Cuba, 24 June 1898

Citation: In addition to performing gallantly the duties pertaining to his position, voluntarily and unaided carried several seriously wounded men from the firing line to a secure position in the rear, in each instance being subjected to a very heavy fire and great exposure and danger.

He was awarded his medal in 1906 by Theodore Roosevelt, who was also part of the Rough Rider regiment. After the Spanish-American War, Church remained in the Army, obtaining the rank of Colonel. He then served as an attaché with the French Army during World War I.

Death and Burial

Colonel James Robb Church died on 18 May 1923. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA. His grave can be located in Section 3, Lot 1409-A.

Honoree ID: 1867   Created by: MHOH




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