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Mexican Campaign (Vera Cruz) - U.S. Navy

John McCloy

  • Rank: Chief Boatswain (Highest Rank: Lieutenant Commander)
  • Conflict/Era: Mexican Campaign (Vera Cruz)
  • Unit/Command:
    Picket Launch
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: April 22, 1914
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Vera Cruz, Mexico

Second Award: For heroism in leading three picket launches along Vera Cruz sea front, drawing Mexican fire and enabling cruisers to save our men onshore, 22 April 1914. Though wounded, he gallantly remained at his post.

Medal of Honor Recipient John McCloy
Medal of Honor Recipient John McCloy
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: January 3, 1876, Brewster, Putnam County, NY, United States
  • Died: May 25, 1945
  • Buried: Arlington National Cemetery (PMH) (8-5246), Arlington, VA, United States
  • Location of Medal: St. John's Roman Catholic Church (Medals for both actions), Leonia, NJ

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