LTC PIKE Emory Jenison

LTC PIKE Emory Jenison[1, 2]

Male 1876 - 1918  (41 years)

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  • Name PIKE Emory Jenison 
    Prefix LTC 
    Born 18 Dec 1876  Columbus City, Louisa, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    • (1900 census says Dec 1877.)
    Gender Male 
    Census 19 Jun 1880  Wayland, Henry, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • (age 3.)
    Census 11 Jun 1900  Troy, Iowa, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • (age 22; soldier; enumerated in his parent's household.)
    Census 28 May 1910  Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • (age 32; First Lieutenant; married 9 years.)
    _UID 99F400CCEBDD1D48843C9B025A2392F9EBC3 
    Died 16 Sep 1918  France Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • (killed in action near Vandieres, France during World War I.)
    Buried Aft 16 Sep 1918  Des Moines, Polk, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Woodland Cemetery 
    Woodland Cemetery map
    Woodland Cemetery map
    LTC Emory J. Pike gravestone
    LTC Emory J. Pike gravestone
    Medal of Honor
    • He was born in Columbus City, the fifth of ten children. His father was a Methodist minister. His great uncle was explorer Zebulon Pike, the discoverer of Pike's Peak in Colorado. The family later moved several counties west to Sigourney, Iowa, where Pike graduated high school in 1894. Pike matriculated at West Point in 1897, and graduated a year early like all cadets at the time due to the Spanish-American War. No scholar, he ranked 73rd in his class of 74, and earned the dubious distinction of compiling the second highest number of demerits in his class of 1901 for such infractions as playing poker, throwing bread, asking irrelevant questions, and grinning while being disciplined. At age 24 he married Ethel Trigg who was fifteen. They had five children.

      He served with the 2nd United States Cavalry in Cuba and the United States. In 1914, he was a Distinguished Service Graduate from the Army's School of the Line, and in 1915 completed the Army Staff College at Fort Leavenworth. Promoted from Captain to Major, he was assigned as an instructor at the School of the Line at Fort Leavenworth. In April 1918 Pike went to Europe with his Division, and was killed in action.

      Official Medal of Honor Citation Citation:

      Having gone forward to reconnoiter new machinegun positions, Lt. Col. Pike offered his assistance in reorganizing advance infantry units which had become disorganized during a heavy artillery shelling. He succeeded in locating only about 20 men, but with these he advanced and when later joined by several infantry platoons rendered inestimable service in establishing outposts, encouraging all by his cheeriness, in spite of the extreme danger of the situation. When a shell had wounded one of the men in the outpost, Lt. Col. Pike immediately went to his aid and was severely wounded himself when another shell burst in the same place. While waiting to be brought to the rear, Lt. Col. Pike continued in command, still retaining his jovial manner of encouragement, directing the reorganization until the position could be held. The entire operation was carried on under terrific bombardment, and the example of courage and devotion to duty, as set by Lt. Col. Pike, established the highest standard of morale and confidence to all under his charge. The wounds he received were the cause of his death.

      Pike demonstrated uncommon leadership skills as he kept a calm demeanor, prevented panic among his soldiers under him, and probably saved many lives as deadly German shells exploded around his troops.

      Pike's actions were part of the St. Mihiel offensive near the French town of Vandieres, America?s first independent action. The goal was to take back a salient, or bulge, that the Germans had created in the trench lines. The Germans held a heavily fortified ridge. As the kind of officer who led his men from the front rather than the rear, Pike inspected and located machine gun emplacements in an area of potentially exposed flank of a sister division. While working with his machine gun units, an enemy artillery strike disoriented the American troops. Pike reorganized the whole area. By the time he received his mortal wound, he had organized the American lines in his area that held the line's integrity. After lying bleeding for an hour and a half, he was evacuated saying "They haven't killed me yet." His final words before dying the next morning were: "Well, my family will not be ashamed of me." He reportedly smiled as he died.

      The Medal of Honor award presentation was made to his daughter Martha Pike at Camp Dodge by General S.M. Foote after the war.

      Major General J.M. Wainwright, Assistant Chief of Staff, 82nd Division, wrote to Colonel Pike's mother informing her of his death. In his letter, Wainwright wrote: "He has been recommended for the Medal of Honor...When my time comes I only hope I can die as gallantly as did your son..." (Wainwright was a Medal of Honor recipient in WW II.)

      Poem excerpt written for and read at Pike?s funeral by Capt. George H. Wilson:

      For 'round his lips the same smile hovered still.
      Wrapped in the flag he loved, and on his bier
      The flower of widowed France he fought to save,
      He sleeps; and though the tide of war sweeps on,
      It has an added surge because of him.
    Person ID I63801  Noyes Family Genealogy
    Last Modified 8 Jul 2013 

    Father Rev. PIKE Elias Jennison,   b. 28 Feb 1846, Lawrenceburg, Dearborn, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Nov 1904, Cedar Rapids, Linn, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Mother RICKETTS Catherine Matilda,   b. 5 Mar 1848, , Van Buren, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Aug 1929, Columbus, Columbiana, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 6 Jul 1870  Douds Station, Van Buren, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Family ID F25092  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family TRIGG Ethel Fowler,   b. 8 Jun 1885, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1969  (Age 83 years) 
    Married Abt 1900  [1, 6
     1. PIKE Martha Agnes,   b. 22 Feb 1902, Fort Myer, Arlington, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jan 1994  (Age 91 years)
     2. PIKE Richard,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. PIKE Miriam Joan,   b. 10 Oct 1904, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1978, Boulder City, Clark, Nevada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     4. PIKE Julia,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. PIKE Emory J.,   b. Abt 1908, , , Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1978  (Age ~ 70 years)
     6. PIKE Zebulon Montgomery,   b. 1913,   d. 1977  (Age 64 years)
    Last Modified 2 Jan 2021 
    Family ID F25107  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Emory J. Pike
    Emory J. Pike
    West Point cadet ca. 1897
    LTC Emory J. Pike
    LTC Emory J. Pike
    Veteran & Patriot of World War I
    Veteran & Patriot of World War I

  • Sources 
    1. [S2947] Internet-Iowa Medal of Honor Heroes,

    2. [S3808] Internet-Find A Grave, FAG #7402424.

    3. [S2851] Census-1900-IA-Iowa-Troy, Roll: T623 438; Page: 18B; Enumeration District: 50.

    4. [S2946] Internet-Medal of Honor Recipient Burial Places,

    5. [S2852] Census-1880-IA-Henry-Wayland, Roll: T9_343; Family History Film: 1254343; Page: 196.2000; Enumeration District: 87; Image: 0744.

    6. [S2869] Census-1910-KS-Leavenworth-Fort Leavenworth, Roll: T624_444; Page: 30B; Enumeration District: 91; Image: 852.

    7. [S2850] Correspondence-Postal-Nancy Aileen Moon, 8 August 2006.