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Old 11-22-2003, 05:18 PM
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Default Death Gulch, Basay, Samar, PI

Does anyone have any information on action by the US Marines at a place called "Death Gulch" near Basay, Samar, Philippine Islands in early November 1901?

So far I have been unable to locate any information on that particular combat action.
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Old 11-23-2003, 09:10 AM
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Any complete history of the Corps will have Samar. The short version, a company of Marines were operating in a village. The Filipino "doped up" attacked the Marines around 0Dark30. The Marines shot all of them (pre .45 automatic pistol days), but the natives continued to charge, killing a lot of Marines and wounding everyone. The survivors to their dying day were recognized upon entering a room, "Attention, there a Samar Marine on deck". That is the rough story. I believe Morrsion and Leckie have the event in their books.
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Old 11-23-2003, 09:14 AM
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There is quite a lot of information out there on Samar. So far I have not been able to find ANY information specifically on an incident at a place called "Death Gulch." Can you help?
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I do not have at my finger tips the books. "The Spendid Little War", "The Philippine Insurrection", or a book on the Philippine War (1900 - 1902), and possibility "American Imperialism" might have what you are looking for.
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Old 11-23-2003, 05:56 PM
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Thanks for the leads. I'll see if the local library has any of those volumes. I have written to the USMC History Section but haven't gotten any reply back.

The reason I ask is that I am researching the life of a Marine who was recommended for a MOH for action at Death Gulch and I am trying to see what happened there.
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Old 11-24-2003, 01:43 AM
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http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/usmchist/samar.txt


references and resources you MAY be able to get from your local public library on an inter library loan. See the reference desk.

http://www.grunts.net/usmc/1stmarines/notes.html


http://www.scuttlebuttsmallchow.com/samar.html

That oughta be enough to get ya good and started.
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Old 11-24-2003, 03:37 AM
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Those are some references that I had not come across before. Thanks for your help.
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YW. There generally won't be much more detail than what I have provided. You may have to try and locate diaries or letters of the principles involved or other such writings. Detailed biographies perhaps...
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Old 11-25-2003, 08:03 PM
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Checked out the above sites but they don't give me what I am looking for. Still looking for detailed information. Wish I could find letters or biographies.

I got a reply from the Marine Historical Section yesterday saying that they couldn't help. They suggested National Archives Old History Branch so I will try them.

They also suggested contacting the Marine Corps Awards Branch at Quantico so I sent them a letter, too.

So far none of the general history books have any mention of a place in Samar called Death Gulch.
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Post the citation and the name of the recipient, would ya. I may be able to help some...mebbe....
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