JOHN HUGH CATHERWOOD VI
John Hugh Catherwood VI was born on August 7, 1888 in Springfield, Illinois. In September 1911 he was serving as an Ordinary Seaman aboard the USS PAMPANGA (PG-39). The ship was a schooner-rigged iron gunboat which had been captured by the U.S. Army at Manila Bay in 1898 during the Spanish American War. In 1911, during the Moro Rebellion in the Philippines, PAMPANGA was ordered to Semut, Basilan Island in the Philippines and a small landing party was sent ashore to reconnoiter the area. Catherwood was a member of the detachment and as they proceeded toward their objective they were attacked by a larger group of Moro natives, killing the officer leading the group and wounding several of the men, including Catherwood. For his heroism during the ensuing battle Catherwood was awarded the Medal of Honor.
MEDAL OF HONOR CITATION
While attached to the USS PAMPANGA, Catherwood was one of a shore party moving in to capture Mundang, on the island of Basilan, Philippine Islands, on the morning of 24 September 1911. Advancing with the scout party to reconnoiter a group of nipa huts close to the trail, Catherwood unhesitatingly entered the open area before the huts, where his party was suddenly taken under point-blank fire and charged by approximately 20 enemy Moros coming out from inside the native huts and from other concealed positions. Struck down almost instantly by the outlaws' deadly fire, Catherwood, although unable to rise, rallied to the defense of his leader and fought desperately to beat off the hostile attack. By his valiant effort under fire and in the face of great odds, Catherwood contributed materially toward the destruction and rout of the enemy.
NOTE: John Catherwood died on November 18, 1930, and was initially interred at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois. At the request of his family his remains were moved to Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield and reinterred on July 17, 1987, where he rests near his two sons, Alfred Stanley Catherwood, MOMM3, and John Hugh Catherwood VII, F2, both of whom served in the Navy during World War II.
Submitted by CDR Roy A. Mosteller, USNR (Ret)