Littleton Waller

Marine Corps Brevet Medal Recipient
Born Sep 26, 1856

Littleton "Tony" Waller Tazewell Waller was a career officer in the United States Marine Corps, who served in the Spanish American War, the Caribbean and Asia. He was court martialled and acquitted for actions during the Philippine-American War where he led an ill-fated expedition across the island of Samar. He retired from the Marines holding the rank of Major General.… Read More

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…  Littleton Waller Tazewell Waller was born on September 26, 1856. … Read More


1881 24 Years Old Waller first went to sea as the Executive Officer of the Marine Detachment aboard the sloop-of-war, the flagship of the European Squadron and a veteran of the Civil War, in 1881. … Read More
1882 25 Years Old The following year, Waller was present at the British Naval bombardment of Alexandria, Egypt during a serious local uprising in the summer of 1882. … Read More


1898 41 Years Old 1 More Event
Following tours of shore duty at Norfolk and Washington; and at sea in,, and Lancaster — Captain Waller served in the battleship, lead ship of the new during the Spanish–American War and was in that vessel as Commander of its Marine detachment during the Battle of Santiago on 3 July 1898. … Read More
While stationed at the naval station at Cavite early in 1900, Waller, now a Major, was ordered to command a detachment of Marines, assigned to take part in the expedition mounted to relieve the siege of Peking, the Imperial Capital of China. … Read More
General Smith ordered Waller to scout a possible telegraph route across the island from Lanang on the east coast to Basey on the west coast – straight across trackless, uninhabited jungle. Waller's March across Samar began from Lanang on 28 December 1901 with 60 Marines, including Sgt. … Read More
To stave off disaster, Major Waller divided his force on 3 January 1902. … Read More
1903 46 Years Old He is "promoted LIEUTENANT COLONEL, U.S.M.C., by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, March 23, 1903, to rank as such from March 3, 1903", and then "promoted COLONEL, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, March 21, 1905, to rank from March 11, 1905". … Read More
1904 47 Years Old …  The elections of Roosevelt in 1904 and Taft in 1908 came long after the courts-martial not only of Waller and Day, but also of the Army officers Smith and Glenn. … Read More
1905 48 Years Old During his service in China, Waller also began a long-running friendship with then Lt. Smedley Butler. Waller served as Best Man at Butlers' wedding in June 1905 and the two remained close for the rest of Wallers' life. … Read More


1910 53 Years Old But if it was not the reason, it may have been the excuse. Captain Archibald Butt, U.S. Army, military aide to Presidents Roosevelt and Taft, recalls a White House meeting in March 1910. … Read More
1913 56 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Much to Butler's dismay -- and despite whatever political leverage his father applied -- stronger forces determined the selection of a new CMC in 1913-14. … Read More
1916 59 Years Old Having been promoted to Brigadier General on 29 August 1916 and to Major General on 29 August 1918, Littleton W. T. Waller Sr. closed out his active duty in the Marine Corps as Commander of the Advanced Base Force at Philadelphia Navy Yard from 8 January 1917 until his retirement in June 1920. … Read More


1926 70 Years Old Major General Waller lived in retirement in Philadelphia until his death on 13 July 1926 at the age of 69. … Read More
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