Christian F. Schilt

Christian Frank Schilt

General Christian F. Schilt, Medal of Honor recipient

(1895-03-19)March 19, 1895
Richland County, Illinois

January 8, 1987(1987-01-08) (aged 91)
Norfolk, Virginia

Place of burial
Arlington National Cemetery

 United States of America

United States Marine Corps

Years of service


Commands held
MCAS Cherry Point
1st Marine Aircraft Wing
Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, Aviation

World War I
Occupation of Haiti
Occupation of Nicaragua
World War II
Korean War

Medal of Honor
Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross (2)
Bronze Star

Sgt. Benjamin Franklin Belcher, Capt. Jame E. Davis, Lt. Christian Frank Schilt, and Sgt. Hubert H. Dogant on February 23, 1927

Christian Frank Schilt (March 19, 1895 – January 8, 1987) was one of the first Marine Corps aviators and a recipient of the United States highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor. He received the Medal for using his biplane to evacuate wounded Marines under fire in Nicaragua.
In addition to his actions in Nicaragua he saw action in World War I, the Haitian and Nicaraguan campaigns, World War II and the Korean War. He retired after nearly 40 years of active service and was promoted to the rank of four-star general at retirement.


1 Early life and education
2 Military career

2.1 Military awards and decorations
2.2 Medal of Honor citation
2.3 Distinguished Service Medal citation

3 See also
4 Notes
5 References
6 External links

Early life and education[edit]
Christian Frank Schilt was born March 19, 1895, in Richland County, Illinois, and after attending Rose Polytechnic Institute in Terre Haute, Indiana, he enlisted in the Marine Corps June 23, 1917.
Military career[edit]
As an enlisted man he served at Ponta Delgada, in the Azores, with the 1st Marine Aeronautical Company, a seaplane squadron assigned to anti-submarine patrol. This was the first organized American air unit of any service to go overseas during World War I.
Returning to the United States as a corporal, he entered flight training at the Marine Flying Field, Miami, Florida. He was designated an aviator June 5, 1919, and commissioned a second lieutenant five days later. That October, he began his first tour of expeditionary duty as a member of Squadron “D,” Marine Air Forces, 2nd Provisional Brigade, in Santo Domingo. He returned to the