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First Name: Julius

Last Name: Townsend

Birthplace: Athens, MO, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Home of Record: MO
Middle Name: Curtis

Date of Birth: 22 February 1881

Date of Death: 28 December 1939

Rank or Rate: Rear Admiral

Years Served: 1902 - 1939
Julius Curtis Townsend

•  Occupation of Veracruz (1914)


Julius Curtis Townsend

Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy

Medal of Honor Recipient

Occupation of Veracruz

Rear Admiral Julius Curtis Townsend (22 February 1881 - 28 December 1939) was a U.S. Navy officer who received the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his heroic actions during the Occupation of Veracruz. He also served in World War I.

Julius Curtis Townsend was born on 22 February 1881 in Athens, MO. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1902.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Lieutenant, U.S. Navy

Citation: For distinguished conduct in battle, engagement of Vera Cruz, 22 April 1914. Lt. Townsend was eminent and conspicuous in command of his battalion. He exhibited courage and skill in leading his men through the action of the 22d and in the final occupation of the city.

Medals and Awards

Medal of Honor
Navy Cross

Death and Burial

Rear Admiral Julius Curtis Townsend died on 28 December 1939. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA, in Section 6, Lot 8590.

Honoree ID: 2027   Created by: MHOH




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