Marines Raid Caco Stronghold in Haiti

October 31, 1919, in Marine Corps history.

Marines Raid Caco Stronghold in Haiti
Posted on 10/31/2000

On October 31, 1919, a Marine and gendarme, led by Sergeant Herman H. Hanneken, disguised themselves as Cacos and entered the headquarters of the Haitian Caco Leader, Charlemagne Peralte, killing Peralte and dispersing his followers. Sergeant Hanneken and Corporal William R. Button were each awarded the Medal of Honor for their respective roles in the mission.

Photo Credit: Sergeant Hermann H. Hanneken. (USMC photo, released.)

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