This week we go to a largely forgotten campaign in America’s history for our recipient – Nicaragua in the late 1920’s.
Christian F. Schilt
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps.
Place and Date of Action: Quilali, Nicaragua, 6, 7 and 8 January 1928.
Entered Service At: Illinois.
Birth Date and Place of Birth: 1 March 1895, Richland County, Ill.
Other Navy Awards: Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with 1 gold star.
During the progress of an insurrection at Quilali, Nicaragua, 6, 7, and 8 January 1928, 1st Lt. Schilt, then a member of a marine expedition which had suffered severe losses in killed and wounded, volunteered under almost impossible conditions to evacuate the wounded by air and transport a relief commanding officer to assume charge of a very serious situation. 1st Lt. Schilt bravely undertook this dangerous and important task and, by taking off a total of 10 times in the rough, rolling street of a partially burning village, under hostile infantry fire on each occasion, succeeded in accomplishing his mission, thereby actually saving 3 lives and bringing supplies and aid to others in desperate need.