EDWARD C. FULLER, CAPT, USMC

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Edward Fuller '16

Date of birth: September 4, 1893

Date of death: June 13, 1918

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1916 Lucky Bag:


Loss

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Edward was lost (probably on June 13, 1918; see below) during the Battle of Belleau Wood. He was commanding officer of the 75th Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, American Expeditionary Forces.

Edward was survived by his parents and sister. He is buried in the Naval Academy Cemetery. (Edward's father, Ben Fuller, later became the 15th Commandant of the Marine Corps.)

Distinguished Service Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Captain Edward Canfield Fuller (MCSN: 0-2395), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the Sixth Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F., in action in the attack on Bois-de-Belleau, France, 12 June 1918. While fearlessly exposing himself in an artillery barrage for the purpose of getting his men into a position of security in the attack on Bois-de-Belleau, Captain Fuller was killed and thereby gave his life in an effort to protect his men.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 99 (1919)
Service: Marine Corps
Division: 2d Division, American Expeditionary Forces

Navy Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Captain Edward Canfield Fuller (MCSN: 0-2395), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action in the attack on Bois-de-Belleau, France, 12 June 1918. While fearlessly exposing himself in an artillery barrage for the purpose of getting his men into a position of security in the attack on Bois-de-Belleau, Captain Fuller was killed and thereby gave his life in an effort to protect his men.

Service: Marine Corps
Division: 2d Division, American Expeditionary Forces

Silver Star

From Hall of Valor:

By direction of the President, under the provisions of the act of Congress approved July 9, 1918 (Bul. No. 43, W.D., 1918), Captain Edward Canfield Fuller (MCSN: 0-2395), United States Marine Corps, is cited (Posthumously) by the Commanding General, American Expeditionary Forces, for gallantry in action and a silver star may be placed upon the ribbon of the Victory Medals awarded him. Captain Fuller distinguished himself while serving with the Sixth Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, American Expeditionary Forces at Chateau-Thierry, France, 6 June to 10 July 1918.

General Orders: Citation Orders, 2d Division, American Expeditionary Forces
Service: Marine Corps
Division: 2d Division, American Expeditionary Forces
Rank: Captain

Namesakes

In July 1918, a Marine Corps training camp in Paoli, Pennsylvania, located on the grounds where the American Revolutionary War Battle of Paoli was fought, was named for him.

USS Fuller (DD 297) was also named for Edward.

Note

Most sources give June 12 as his date of death; this is what is in the award citations. However, his headstone gives June 13, and there is a report signed by him to his Battalion Commanding Officer on June 15.

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.

The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.

January 1917

1st Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Others at this command: CAPT John Mayer '13.

March 1918

Captain, 5th Marine Regiment, American Expeditionary Forces


Class of 1916

Edward is one of 16 members of the Class of 1916 on Virtual Memorial Hall.