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Spanish-American War - U.S. Marine Corps

Philip Gaughan

  • Rank: Sergeant (Highest Rank: First Sergeant)
  • Conflict/Era: Spanish-American War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Nashville
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: May 11, 1898
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Cienfuegos, Cuba

On board the U.S.S. Nashville during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Gaughan set an example of extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.

Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Pennsylvania
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: August 16, 1899

    Presented by Commander Raymond P. Rodgers of the USS Nashville at the Charlestown, MA, Navy Yard.

  • Born: March 17, 1865, Belmullet, County Mayo, Ireland
  • Died: December 31, 1913, Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • Buried: Holy Cross Cemetery (MH) (54-12-42), Yeadon, PA, United States

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