Licerio Geronimo was a general of the Philippine Revolutionary Forces. He was the
opposing general when the only United States general officer, Major General Lawton
was killed during the Philippine-
Geronimo was a member of the Katipunan. In 1897, he took part in the Battle of Mount Purog, and was designated as Division General in charge of Rizal Province after the death of Andres Bonifacio. After the defeat of the Spanish, he was then appointed the commanding general of the third military zone of Manila.
Geronimo is remembered in the Philippine-
27 August 1855
to 16 January 1924
Battle of San Mateo Centenary
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General Lawton believed in leading from the front, continuing a style he had employed since his years in the Civil War.
During the Battle of San Mateo General Lawton was walking along the firing line within 300 yards of a small Filipino trench. He was easily distinguishable because of his commanding 6'3" stature but was also conspicuous in the big white helmet he always wore and a light yellow raincoat. The Filipinos directed several close shots which clipped the grass nearby. His staff officer called General Lawton's attention to the danger he was in, but he only laughed. Suddenly Lawton exclaimed: "I am shot!" and fell dead into the arms of a staff officer.
Bonifacio Mariano was credited with the kill. A street in San Mateo was named in his honour.
Lawton was the highest-
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