b. 23/11/1882 Columbus, Ohio. d. 18/05/1969 Fairfax, Virginia.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 24/10/1915 Fort Liberte, Haiti.
Haitian Campaign Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Ostermann served as a First Lieutenant, United States Marine Corps, 15th Company of Marines (mounted). He was awarded his medal for service in the Vicinity of Fort Liberte, Haiti, on October 24, 1915, during the Haitian Campaign.
In company with members of the Fifteenth Company of Marines, all mounted, First Lieutenant Ostermann left Fort Liberte, Haiti, for a 6-day reconnaissance. After dark on the evening of 24 October 1915, while crossing the river in a deep ravine, the detachment was suddenly fired upon from 3 sides by about 400 Cacos concealed in bushes about 100 yards from the fort. The Marine detachment fought its way forward to a good position, which it maintained during the night, although subjected to a continuous fire from the Cacos. At daybreak, First Lieutenant Ostermann, in command of one of the three squads which advanced in three different directions, led his men forward, surprising and scattering the Cacos, and aiding in the capture of Fort Dipitie.
BURIAL LOCATION: ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA,
Section 46, Lot 521
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