356th Infantry Regiment, 89th Infantry Division
Plot C, Row 31, Grave 23
On November 3, 1918 Capt. Marcellus Chiles’ battalion commander was killed during an advance south of the village Le Champy-Bas. Chiles assumed command and led his men through waist-deep water and heavy machinegun fire, encouraging them to be brave and to keep going.
Chiles was seriously wounded in the abdomen by the time he made it to the other side of the stream they were crossing. He turned over command to the next senior officer and was promptly evacuated to a hospital. His wounds eventually led to his death on November 5, 1918. He was 23 years old.
Awards: Medal of Honor
Marcellus H. Chiles is buried in Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Plot C, Row 31, Grave 23.