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Herbert Irving Preston
Born (1876-08-06)August 6, 1876
Died December 8, 1928(1928-12-08)
Place of birth Berkeley, New Jersey
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1899 - 1901
Rank Private
Battles/wars Boxer Rebellion
Awards Medal of Honor

Herbert I. Preston (August 6, 1876 - December 8, 1928) was an American private serving in the United States Marine Corps during the Boxer Rebellion who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.


Preston was born August 6, 1876 in Berkeley Township, New Jersey and enlisted into the Marine Corps from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania June 29, 1899.[1] After entering the Marine Corps he was sent to fight in the Chinese Boxer Rebellion.[2]

He received the Medal for his actions in Peking, China from July 21 – August 17, 1900 and it was presented to him July 19, 1901.[2]

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Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 6 August 1876, Berkeley, N.J. Accredited to: New Jersey G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901.


In the presence of the enemy during the action at Peking, China, 21 July to 17 August 1900. Throughout this period, Preston distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.[2]

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