Boxer Rebellion Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1896 and served as a Private aboard the USS Oregon during the Spanish American War. During the Boxer Rebellion, he was responsible for protection of embassy and other civilian personnel. He was awarded the CMOH for bravery under fire. His citation reads, ". . . for extraordinary heroism in action in the presence of the enemy at Peking, China, (July 21 to August 17, 1900). Although under a heavy fire from the enemy during this period, Private Upham assisted in the erection of barricades."
He was also in the gunnery detail aboard the USS Oregon that fired the first shot of the Spanish American War in Santiago, Cuba on July the 4th 1898. (bio by: Thom Painter)