Bearss, Hiram – Medal of Honor


The Hiram Bearss mug is part of a biographical series profiling unique individuals and includes an image of Hiram Bearss and a short biography.

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Cited for extraordinary heroism and eminent and conspicuous conduct in battle on Samar, Philippine Islands, 17 November 1901 Captain Hiram Bearss was second-in-command of a Marine force that assaulted what was regarded as an impregnable Filipino Insurgent stronghold, fortified over a three-year period, on the summit of sheer cliffs above the confluence of the Cadacan and Sohoton Rivers.  Crossing the river under fire, Bearss’ unit scaled the 200-foot cliffs with bamboo ladders while the defenders pushed tons of stockpiled rocks over the edge of the precipice.  Bearss and his men persisted in their assault and reached the summit where they overcame a fierce defense in hand-to-hand combat.

This Hiram Bearss History Mug is part of the Medal of Honor Series located in a separate section of the website.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

  • Mugs are food and microwave safe.
  • To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
  • Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.
  • Shipping charges are lower when buying multiple mugs.

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