The Gaujot Name and Legacy

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Real Estate Agent with Vision Quest Realty WV0026375

My husband and I traveled to Mingo County West Virginia today to honor his two great uncles at the West Virginia Army National Guard armory.

 

The armory was dedicated today in honor of two West Virginia Congressional Medal of Honor recipients and brothers, Col. Julien Gaujot and Lt. Col. Antoine “Tony” Gaujot. West Virginia National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, unveiled the dedication plaque and new armory name with family members of the Gaujot brothers, including West Virginia 17th Circuit Court Judge Phillip Gaujot and his wife Carol, and brother Claude Gaujot and his wife Rebecca. “This is not just about honoring courage and valor in defense of the nation that the Gaujot brothers displayed,” Hoyer said. “It’s also about making sure that we, not just in the Guard, but we as a State, fully understand and recognize our value to the nation.” Hoyer went on to say that keeping the story of these two West Virginians in living memory helps current and future generations have a sense of pride and understanding of sacrifice at the root of West Virginia service.

 

WV Army National Guard armory - Gaujot Armory

 

“I’m really proud today, I know my brother is too,” said Phillip Gaujot. “The Gaujot name and legacy has always meant something special to us, primarily because those who came before us always passed down our verbal history. The highlight [of our name] was always our great uncles, Julian and Tony.”

 

Antoine “Tony” Gaujot was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Philippine-American War. On Dec. 19, 1899, during the Battle of Paye at San Mateo, Philippines, Gaujot swam across a swollen river under heavy enemy fire to retrieve an enemy boat which allowed his unit to safely cross the river. He was wounded in the shoulder during the encounter. As reward for his efforts during the battle, he was commissioned as an officer and he later served in World War I before retiring from service as a lieutenant colonel. His Medal of Honor was issued Feb. 15, 1911 and as was custom at the time, sent to him via registered mail. He died in Williamson, W.Va., on April 14, 1936, at the age of 57.

 

WV national army guard armory renamed Gaujot Armory

Julien Gaujot was awarded the Medal of Honor for his action on April 13, 1911 at Aqua Pietà, Mexico, during a border skirmish with Mexican rebels and government troops. When United States troops were killed during the action, an infuriated Gaujot mounted his horse and for more than an hour endured heavy fire as he moved between factions. When the battle was over, he had obtained permission from the rebel commander to receive the surrender of the surrounded forces of Mexican Federals and escorted those forces, along with five Americans held prisoner, safely to the American line. Julien served during five major engagements, including the Spanish-American War, the Philippine-American War, the Cuban Pacification, at the Mexican border, and in WWI. He is the only Soldier to ever be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions of a peacekeeping nature. He was also one of the first recipients of the award to receive the honor directly from the president at the White House when President William Howard Taft awarded him the medal during a ceremony on Nov. 23, 1912. Gaujot retired from the Army in 1934 as a colonel and he later died in Williamson, W.Va., on April 7, 1938, at the age of 63.

 

While a total of five different sets of brothers have been awarded the Medal of Honor throughout the nation’s history, the Gaujot brothers are the only pair to receive the medal for actions in two different wars.

 

The Mingo armory is the second named after the Gaujot brothers. The original Gaujot Armory, located in Williamson, W.Va., was dedicated on Nov. 11, 1958, by Gov. Cecil Underwood, under the command of then Adjutant General Brig. Gen. William E. Blake. The armory has been home to the Service Battery of the 468th Field Artillery Battalion; Delta Company, 1/150th Armored Calvary; and Alpha Troop, 1/150th Armored Reconnaissance Squadron and has also served the Mingo County community until it was sold to the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

 

Antoine “Tony” Gaujot is buried in Fairview Cemetery in Williamson, W.Va., and Julien Gaujot is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

 

The armory currently serves as the home to West Virginia Army National Guard’s A Troop, 1st Squadron, 150th Cavalry Regiment and the 156th Military Police Law and Order.

 

It was a great day to travel to Mingo County and enjoy all the beautiful fall scenery, and especially for the dedication of the new Gaujot Armory, A proud day for the Gaujot families.

 

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Rainmaker
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Thank you, Jeff Dowler, CRS,  

Nov 06, 2018 06:45 PM #40
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Mary Yonkers
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Claude & Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor® what an amazing story about the Gaujot brothers.  Thank you for sharing. Glad that Dave & I had the opportunity to spend an evening with you & Claude a few years ago.

Nov 07, 2018 02:42 PM #41
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Hi Mary, glad to see your sweet smile on this post. It was a very nice dedication and I was honored to be there and be a part of the Gaujot family.

Nov 07, 2018 05:56 PM #42
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Thank you for sharing your amazing story and family history. I really enjoyed reading about your family. 

Nov 09, 2018 04:48 AM #43
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Thanks for stopping by to read the post on our family history, Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Florida

Nov 09, 2018 08:34 AM #44
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Jan Green
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Wow!  What a legacy and story of two great uncles in your family.  You and your family must be very proud to have seen this take place during your lifetime!

Nov 13, 2018 05:47 PM #45
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Yes, Jan Green, we have a great legacy!

Nov 13, 2018 07:07 PM #46
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Bruce Walter
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Rebecca, what an amazing story about your husband's two great uncles and how they served this nation with courage, honor, and duty!  Thank you so much for sharing this incredible story about the Gaujot legacy.  My grandfather served in the Mexico campaign before WW I and served in World War I so I can relate to the events of that time period.  

Love your new picture, Rebecca!!!!

Patricia Feager                       

Thank you so much for alerting me to this amazing family history, as this should have been featured!!!!!

Nov 14, 2018 06:25 PM #47
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Thank you, Bruce Walter, and I do appreciate Patricia Feager reblogging this post.

Nov 14, 2018 08:14 PM #48
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Dear Rebecca,

Thank you for sharing this. Very uplifting stories. Makes you believe a little more in humanity.

Nov 14, 2018 09:27 PM #49
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Nina Hollander
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What a wonderful story of your family's history, Rebecca... so many receiving the Medal of Honor is nothing to sneeze at!

Nov 15, 2018 04:46 AM #50
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Good morning Rebecca. This is a wonderful, moving and poignant post and I really enjoyed reading it.

Nov 15, 2018 06:16 AM #51
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Thank you Dortel Engel, I agree.

Nov 15, 2018 11:41 AM #52
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True, this is nothing to sneeze at as it is indeed a great honor, Nina Hollander

Nov 15, 2018 11:42 AM #53
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Sheila Anderson - Thank you so much for reading and so glad you enjoyed reading about my family's legacy.

Nov 15, 2018 11:43 AM #54
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Rebecca, I missed this post and I am so grateful that Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI  reblogged it. What a heroic family lineage and honor. I salute you and your family. Kudos to the Goujot family and legacy. I feel honored knowing you indirectly I feel I know your family!!!

Nov 15, 2018 11:00 PM #55
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Thank you so much, Endre Barath, Jr.

Nov 16, 2018 01:47 PM #56
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Ricardo Mello
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Amazing legacy Rebecca!

Nov 29, 2018 07:28 AM #57
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Wayne Johnson
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor® very selfless action on the part of your family. Happy to hear their bravery did not go unnoticed.

 

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Good morning Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor® ,

I'm glad that Roy Kelley re-blogged your post. I remember reading it before but worth another read for sure. What a tremendous honor and a great way to show appreciation for the sacrifices and willingness of both Julien and Tony to serve and put their country first. 

Jan 20, 2019 04:50 AM #59
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