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Charles White Whittlesey
Birth: Jan. 20, 1884
Florence County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: Nov. 24, 1921, At Sea

World War I Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Commander of the lost battalion in the Argonne Forest WW I. As a major in the 77th division 308th battalion in October 1918 he and his men were surrounded by the Germans. Without supplies or food they held on against overwhelming odds refusing surrender. His reply to the Germans demand was "Go to Hell." At the end of the ordeal out of 550 men only 194 were left alive and unwounded. In recognition of his valour he was made a Lt. Colonel and along with his captains McMurtry and Holderman awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. After the war he returned to law practice (he was a graduate of Harvard Law School). On 24 November, 1921 he booked passage on the S.S. Taloa a steamer bound for Havana. On 26 Nov. he stayed up late drinking, went to the rail and jumped overboard. He left no explanation, but he had written his will in New York, leaving his property to his mother, before embarking on the journey. He also left several letters in his cabin addressed to family and friends. In addition to being named on the family monument Charles also has a Medal of Honor marker in the lot. It is a 'In Memory Only' marker (IMO) as the actual body was never recovered. 
Family links: 
  Frank R Whittlesey (1858 - 1934)
  Annie E Whittlesey (1862 - 1933)
  Frank R Whittlesey (1882 - 1887)*
  Charles White Whittlesey (1884 - 1921)
  Annie E Whittlesey (1885 - 1894)*
  Russell Whittlesey (1887 - 1911)*
  Elisha Whittlesey (1892 - 1922)*
  Melzar M Whittlesey (1893 - 1983)*
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Suicide
Pittsfield Cemetery *
Berkshire County
Massachusetts, USA
Specifically: Body lost at sea
*Cenotaph [?]
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Originally Created by: Erik Lander
Record added: Dec 10, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 6022334
Charles White Whittlesey
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Charles White Whittlesey
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Charles White Whittlesey
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Today starts the 98th anniversary of the "Lost Battalion". 5 days that changed your life forever Charles. Remembering you and your brave men, who held on despite the incredible and devastating odds, helping to end a terrible war, our first world war.
- Ella4361
 Added: Oct. 2, 2016

- Sharon
 Added: Jul. 5, 2016
On this Day, Memorial Day, we remember those who fought for this country. Not only did you fight in WWI, but came home to continue on behalf of returning veterans. The sacrifice of your life though not in battle, was no less tragic.It was a direct result ...(Read more)
- Ella4361
 Added: May. 30, 2016
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