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Erwin Jay Boydston
Born (1875-04-22)April 22, 1875
Died May 19, 1957(1957-05-19) (aged 82)
Place of birth Bailey, Colorado
Place of death Honolulu, Hawaii
Place of burial National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific Honolulu, Hawaii
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1897 - 1902
Rank Private
Battles/wars Boxer Rebellion
Awards Medal of Honor

Erwin J. Boydston (April 22, 1875 - May 19, 1957) was a private serving in the United States Marine Corps during the Boxer Rebellion who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.


Boydston was born April 22, 1875 in Bailey, Colorado, and after entering the marine corps he was sent as an Private to China to fight in the Boxer Rebellion.[1]

While fighting the enemy in Peking, China from July 21-August 17, 1900 he assisted in the erection of barricades under heavy enemy fire and for his action received the Medal of Honor.[1]

He died September 26, 1957 in Honolulu, Hawaii and is buried there in National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. His grave can be found in section G-703.[2]

Medal of Honor citation

Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 22 April 1875, Deer Creek, Colo. Accredited to: California. G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901. Citation:

In the presence of the enemy at Peking, China, 21 July to 17 August 1900. Under a heavy fire from the enemy during this period, Boydston assisted in the erection of barricades.[1]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "BOYDSTON, ERWIN JAY". Medal of Honor recipients, China Relief Expedition (Boxer Rebellion). United States Army Center of Military History. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  2. "Erwin Jay Boydston". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 

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