b. 22/09/1879 Vinton, Iowa. d. 27/05/1966 San Fernando, California.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 14/08/1900 Peking, China.
Calvin Pearl Titus was the son of Calvin and Cora Smith Titus of Vinton, Iowa. He moved to Oklahoma with his father after his mother died, and later lived with his Aunt Florence and Uncle William (Bill) H. Lee, evangelists with first the Salvation Army and later the Pilgrim Holiness movement. Titus credited his time in his Uncle's evangelical band with giving him the bugle skills to join the armed forces and eventually leading him to Peking.
Titus first joined the United States Army in May 1898, serving with the 1st Vermont Volunteer Infantry (although raised for the Spanish–American War, this unit never left the United States). He joined the 14th Infantry Regiment in April 1899, serving in the Philippines and China.
He was then appointed to West Point as a result of his award of the Medal of Honor, where President Theodore Roosevelt's presentation of his medal there on March 11, 1902, was the climax of a ceremony to celebrate the academy's centennial. He graduated with the West Point Class of 1905
His religious faith led him to try to become an Army Chaplain, but his denomination was not at that time recognized by the Army. Instead, he rejoined his old regiment as a second lieutenant.
Titus later served in the Mexican Expedition and with the U.S. occupation forces in Germany.
He retired from the United States Army with the rank of lieutenant colonel in October 1930.
Gallant and daring conduct in the presence of his colonel and other officers and enlisted men of his regiment; was first to scale the wall of the city.
BURIAL LOCATION: FOREST LAWN MEMORIAL PARK, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA.
Arlington Section, Space 1, Lot 1815
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