The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
WHITTLESEY, CHARLES W.
Rank and Organization:
Major, U.S. Army, 308th Infantry, 77th Division.
Place and Date:
Northeast of Binarville, in the forest of Argonne
France, 2-7 October 1918.
Entered Service At:
Pittsfield, Mass. Birth: Florence, Wis. G. O. No.: 118,
Although cut off for 5 days from the remainder of
Maj. Whittlesey maintained his position, which he had
orders received for an advance, and held his command,
originally of 46 officers and men of the 308th Infantry
and of Company K
of the 307th Infantry, together in the face of superior
numbers of the enemy
during the 5 days. Maj. Whittlesey and his command were
thus cut off,
and no rations or other supplies reached him, in spite
efforts which were made by his division. On the 4th day
received from the enemy a written proposition to
he treated with contempt, although he was at the time
out of rations and
had suffered a loss of about 50 percent in killed and
wounded of his command
and was surrounded by the enemy.