Louis J. Van Schaick

Louis Joseph Van Schaick (pronounced "Van Scoik") (July 1, 1875 - February 14, 1945) was an officer in the United States Army and a Medal of Honor recipient for his actions in the Philippine–American War.

Louis Joseph Van Schaick
Born(1875-07-01)July 1, 1875
Cobleskill, New York
DiedFebruary 14, 1945(1945-02-14) (aged 69)
Place of burial
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branchEmblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service1899 - 1934
RankUS-O6 insignia.svg Colonel
Unit4th U.S. Infantry
Battles/warsPhilippine–American War
AwardsMedal of Honor
Purple Heart


He was born on July 1, 1875 in Cobleskill, New York.

Van Schaick attended West Point as a member of the 1900 class, but left one year before graduating to join the army. While serving in the Philippines, he held the governorships of Cavite (1905–1907) and Mindoro (1908–1912).[1]

He later went on to fight with General John J. Pershing in pursuit of Pancho Villa, and was part of the 1st expeditionary force sent to France (as a lieutenant colonel), again with General Pershing. He was retired for disability in August 1934 with the rank of colonel.

He was later imprisoned during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, and died shortly after his release on February 14, 1945.[2]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, 4th U.S. Infantry. Place and date: Near Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippine Islands, November 23, 1901. Entered service at: Cobleskill, N.Y. Birth: Cobleskill, N.Y. G.O. No.: 33, 1913. Date of issue: Unknown.


While in pursuit of a band of insurgents was the first of his detachment to emerge from a canyon, and seeing a column of insurgents and fearing they might turn and dispatch his men as they emerged one by one from the canyon, galloped forward and closed with the insurgents, thereby throwing them into confusion until the arrival of others of the detachment.[3]

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  1. ^ "Louis J. Van Schaick". Retrieved 2015-01-07. A veteran of Spanish–American War, Col. Louis J. Van Schaick was the only American to be appointed governor of Cavite. He served for two years, 1905–1907, doubtless the most fateful years in the life of the province under the American regime. ...
  2. ^ Associated Press (February 15, 1945). "Van Schaick Dies. Freed at Manila. Colonel, Native of Cobleskill, Won Congressional Medal in the Philippines". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-01-07. Col. Louis J. Van Schaick, winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, died Feb. 23, a few days after his release from a Japanese prison camp in the Philippines, relatives were informed today. ...
  3. ^ "Louis J. Van Schaick". Medal of Honor recipients: Philippine–American War. United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. Retrieved 2008-04-27.

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