Col DAVID D. PORTER
Col DAVID D. PORTER
Medal of Honor
1901

Sohoton Rivers

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting, in the name of Congress, the MEDAL OF HONOR to
COLONEL DAVID D. PORTER
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

for service as set forth in the following

CITATION:

For extraordinary heroism and eminent and conspicuous conduct in battle at the junction of the Cadacan and Sohoton Rivers, Samar, P. I., November 17, 1901. Colonel Porter, then Captain, in command of the columns upon their uniting ashore in the Sohoton region, made a surprise attack of the fortified cliffs and completely routed the enemy, killing 30 and capturing and destroying the powder magazine, 40 lantacas (guns), rice, food and cuartels. Due to his courage, intelligence, discrimination and zeal, he successfully led his men up the cliffs by means of bamboo ladders to a height of 200 feet. The cliffs were of soft stone of volcanic origin, in the nature of pumice and were honey-combed with caves. Tons of rocks were suspended in platforms held in position by vine cables (known as bejuco), in readiness to be precipitated upon people below. After driving the insurgents from their position which was almost impregnable, being covered with numerous trails lined with poisoned spears, pits, etc., Captain Porter led his men across the river, scaled the cliffs on the opposite side, and destroyed the camps there. He and the men under his command overcame incredible difficulties and dangers in destroying positions which, according to reports from old prisoners, had taken three years to perfect, were held as a final rallying point, and were never before penetrated by white troops. Captain Porter also rendered distinguished public service in the presence of the enemy at Quionapundan River, Samar, P. I., on October 26, 1901.



For the President

/S/ H. L. ROOSEVELT

Acting Secretary of the Navy
Medal of Honor