Private, Marine Corps
June 28, 1900 - August 17, 1900
Private France Silva (May 8, 1876 – April 10, 1951) born in Haywards, California, was the first United States Marine of Mexican-American and Hispanic heritage to receive the Medal of Honor. He received the Medal of Honor for his meritorious conduct in China during the Boxer Rebellion.
Medal of Honor Citation: In the presence of the enemy during the action at Peking, China, June 28, to August 17, 1900. Throughout this period, Silva distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.