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Charles Augustus Doyen
BGen Charles A. Doyen
Born (1859-09-03)September 3, 1859
Died October 6, 1918(1918-10-06) (aged 59)
Place of birth Concord, New Hampshire
Place of death Quantico, Virginia
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch USMC logo.svg United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1881-1918
Rank US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General
Commands held 5th Regiment
4th Brigade, 2nd Division(RA)
2nd Division(RA)
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Distinguished Service Medal

Charles Augustus Doyen (3 September 1859 – 6 October 1918) was an officer in the United States Marine Corps with the rank of Brigadier general and the first recipient of the Navy Distinguished Service Medal.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Born in Concord, New Hampshire, BGen. Doyen was a member of the Naval Academy class of 1881, later commissioned second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He organized and commanded the 5th Marine Regiment in World War I, and in France took command of the 4th Brigade, 2d Division, composed of the 5th and 6th Marine Regiments and the 6th Gun Battalion. From 26 October to 8 November 1917, he served as Commanding General, US 2d Division(RA), the first Marine officer to command a US Army division. His devoted service broke his health, and he was forced to return to the United States, where he died on 6 October 1918. But the 4th Brigade went on to win a historic victory in Belleau Wood. BGen. Doyen's contribution to these victories was recognized by the posthumous award of the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the first to ever be awarded.

Namesake[edit | edit source]

Two ships have been named USS Doyen for him.

References[edit | edit source]

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

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