(1865–1917) army officer, born in New Carlisle, Ohio. Funston received the Congressional Medal of Honor during the Spanish-American War (1898) for his fighting against Filipino insurgents after the armistice. He later (1901) personally captured the leader of the Filipino nationalists and returned home a hero. Though Funston was recognized as a daring and imaginative military leader, his unorthodox and war-mongering tendencies hindered his career advancement. He achieved lieutenant general for his performance during the Mexican Revolution, just before his sudden death prior to the outbreak of World War I.
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.