Spanish-American War Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Marine Corps during the War with Spain as a Private on board the "USS Marblehead". He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, on May 11, 1898. His citation reads "Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, West displayed extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action." His Medal was awarded to him on July 7, 1899.
Bio by: Don Morfe