President Coolidge bestowing the Medal of Honor upon Lieutenant Christian Schilt for his actions under fire in Quilali, Nicaragua, six months before.
First Lieutenant Schilt, with his Vought O2U-1 Corsair, volunteered to rescue the Marines cut off by ambushing forces at Quilali, Nicaragua. On January 6, 7, and 8, 1928, Schilt volunteered and flew 10 missions to rescue wounded Marines and bring vital supplies to those on the ground. Landing on the road, he quickly unloaded the supplies and rescued 18 Marines, saving 3 lives, all under heavy enemy fire. As his citation reads: “Lieutenant Schilt…succeeded in accomplishing his mission.” Coolidge bestowed on him the Medal of Honor at the White House, June 9, 1928.
Happy 240th Birthday, Marines! Semper Fi!