Medal of Honor Action Place: Mobile Bay, Alabama, USA
As captain of a gun on board the U.S.S. Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her decks, Cripps fought his gun with skill and courage throughout a furious two-hour battle which resulted in the surrender of the rebel ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan.
Accredited to: Pennsylvania
Awarded Posthumously: No
Born: November 29, 1840, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA, United States
Died: December 4, 1906, Philadelphia, PA, United States
Buried: Woodlands Cemetery (MH) (F-654), Philadelphia, PA, United States