Rank(s): Marine Private
Dates of Service: 6/11/1812 - 8/9/1813
Birth Date: 1787
John Houbly was born in about 1787 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Before entering military service, Houbly served as a clerk, probably in Philadelphia. He enlisted in the Marine Corps for five years under Captain Gale in Philadelphia on October 24, 1811. In 1811, Houbly stood 5 feet, 11 inches high, and had black hair, black eyes, and a sallow complexion.
Private Houbly joined Constitution ’s crew at the Washington Navy Yard on June 11, 1812. He was promoted to corporal on July 30, 1812 and then to sergeant on September 1, 1812. He was reduced to private on July 1, 1813 and was finally transferred from the ship to the Marine barracks at the Boston Navy Yard on August 9, 1813.
Battles and Engagements
Houbly participated in victories over HMS Guerriere on August 19, 1812 and HMS Java on December 29, 1812, receiving $42.62 ½ and $42.30 in prize money for the victories.
Houbly received his discharge from the Marine Corps on October 30, 1815.