Thomas Wilbur Kates

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Thomas Wilbur Kates
Born(1865-05-07)May 7, 1865
Shelby Center, New York
DiedMay 6, 1931(1931-05-06) (aged 65)
AllegianceFlag of the United States.svg  United States
Service/branch USMC logo.svg United States Marine Corps
Years of service1899–1903
Rank Sergeant
Battles/wars Boxer Rebellion
Awards Medal of Honor

Thomas W. Kates (May 7, 1865 - May 6, 1931) was an American Private serving in the United States Marine Corps during the Boxer Rebellion who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.

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Boxer Rebellion anti-imperialist uprising which took place in China

The Boxer Rebellion (拳亂), Boxer Uprising, or Yihetuan Movement (義和團運動) was an anti-imperialist, anti-foreign, and anti-Christian uprising that took place in China between 1899 and 1901, toward the end of the Qing dynasty. It was initiated by the Militia United in Righteousness (Yihetuan), known in English as the Boxers, for many of their members had been practitioners of Chinese martial arts, also referred to in the west as Chinese Boxing. The uprising took place against a background that included severe drought and disruption caused by the growth of foreign spheres of influence. After several months of growing violence in Shandong and the North China plain against the foreign and Christian presence in June 1900, Boxer fighters, convinced they were invulnerable to foreign weapons, converged on Beijing with the slogan Support the Qing government and exterminate the foreigners. Foreigners and Chinese Christians sought refuge in the Legation Quarter.

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Biography

Kates was born May 7, 1865 in Shelby Center, New York and enlisted into the marine corps from the Marine Barracks in New York on July 21, 1899. After entering the Marine Corps he was sent to fight in the Chinese Boxer Rebellion. [1]

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China, officially the People's Republic of China (PRC), is a country in East Asia and the world's most populous country, with a population of around 1.404 billion. Covering approximately 9,600,000 square kilometers (3,700,000 sq mi), it is the fourth largest country by total area. Governed by the Communist Party of China, the state exercises jurisdiction over 22 provinces, five autonomous regions, four direct-controlled municipalities, and the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau.

He received his Medal for his actions in Tientsin, China June 21, 1900 and the medal was presented to him on July 19, 1901. [1]

He was discharged from the marine corps May 19, 1903 in Brooklyn, New York. [2]

Medal of Honor citation

Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 7 May 1865, Shelby Center, N.Y. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901.

Citation:

In the presence of the enemy during the advance on Tientsin, China, 21 June 1900, Kates distinguished himself by meritorious conduct. [1]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 "KATES, THOMAS WILBUR". Medal of Honor recipients, China Relief Expedition (Boxer Rebellion). United States Army Center of Military History . Retrieved February 6, 2010.
  2. Karl Schuon (June 1963). U. S. Marine Corps biographical dictionary: the corps' fighting men, what they did, where they served. Kates, Thomas Wilbur. Franklin Watts, Inc. p. 117. Retrieved February 6, 2010.