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Marcus William Robertson (February 12, 1870 – May 24, 1948) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of America’s highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions on the Philippine-American War.

Marcus W. Robertson, 1898...18y/o headed to war. Photo via Mary Gall
Marcus W. Robertson, 1898…18y/o headed to war. Photo via Mary Gall

Marcus Robertson enlisted in the United States Army from Hood River, Oregon in May 1898, and by May 16, 1899 was serving as a private in Company B of the 2nd Oregon Volunteer Infantry Regiment as part of Young’s Scouts. On that day, near San Isidro in the Philippines, Private Robertson helped to rout a large enemy force despite being greatly outnumbered. For his actions, he was presented with the Medal of Honor on April 28, 1906. He later rose to the rank of stable Sergeant and served in France during World War I.

He died at age 78 and was buried in Pine Grove Cemetery, Hood River, Oregon. (Wiki)

Buried beside Marcus is his cousin, Earl Malcom Robertson, who died in WWI from Ludwig’s Angina…a dental infection and inflammation that lead to his death.

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