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George Franklin Shiels
Birth: Apr. 13, 1863
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California, USA
Death: Oct. 26, 1943
Palo Alto
Santa Clara County
California, USA

Philippine Insurrection Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. He entered service as a Surgeon for the 7th California Infantry Regiment, and subsequently volunteered for service in the Philippine Islands as a Surgeon in the U.S. Army Volunteer Medical Corps. On March 25, 1899, George Franklin Shiels was serving at Tuliahan River, Philippine Islands. During an attack he exposed himself to enemy fire and went with 4 men to aid fallen wounded lying about 150 yards in front of their position. It was there that he and his men retrieved 2 native Filipinos lying wounded and himself personally carrying one of them to safety. Surgeon Shiels received his Medal of Honor from President Theodore Roosevelt on November 22, 1906. He served from July 8, 1898 until June 10, 1900, where because of his exploits; he earned the title "The Fighting Doctor" being honorably discharged with the rank of Major. Major Shiels enlisted at the outbreak of WWI and received a Special Order to join Major-General Pershing's forces in France on August 15, 1917. While serving with the 369th Infantry, known as the "Harlem Hell Fighters", Major Shiels, attached to the American Military Medical Corps in France, was awarded the Croix de Guerre from the French 4th Army on January 1, 1919. His citation reads: "Franklin Shiels Military Doctor of first class. Brave and competent doctoródevoted to the accomplishment of his missions: from the 27th to the 30th of September remained continually with his battalions (assaulting). Personally supervised (assured) the dressing and evacuation of the wounded, under violent machine gun and artillery fire. Disregarding the danger, searched the grounds during the attack, to find and assist the wounded." He was also awarded the Distinguished Service Cross being honorably discharged in October 1919. Dr. Shiels, the son of William Shiels and Sarah Esdale Lynham was professor of clinical surgery at the University of California San Francisco and Fordham University of New York. He was a graduate of the Military College in Ossining, New York and received a Bachelor of Medicine and Master of Surgery from the University of Edinburg. He married Emily M. B. Deming on July 3, 1902 in Manhattan NY., they had no children and he widowed in 1913. Dr. Shiels was a member of the Pacific Union Club and the Genealogical Society. Dr. Shiels died on October 26, 1943 at the age of 80 in Palo Alto leaving only his wife, Grace M. Shiels who passed away June 3, 1960. (bio by: Debbie) 
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Cypress Lawn Memorial Park
San Mateo County
California, USA
Plot: Section C Garden East Side, Lot 7, Div. 1/2 South
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Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Record added: Jul 10, 2003
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George Franklin Shiels
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