List of Medal of Honor recipients during peacetime

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Prior to World War II the Medal of Honor could be received for actions not involving direct combat with the enemy; 193 men earned the medal in this way. Most of the peacetime medals were presented to members of the United States Navy for their actions during boiler explosions, man-overboard incidents, and other hazards of naval service.

Given in the list below are the place and date of each recipient's Medal of Honor action, as well as their rank at the time of the action. A posthumous recipient is denoted by an asterisk after the recipient's name.

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The Medal of Honor was created during the American Civil War. It is the highest military decoration presented by the United States government to a member of its armed forces. The recipient must have distinguished themselves at the risk of their own life above and beyond the call of duty in action against an enemy of the United States. Due to the nature of this medal it is commonly presented after the recipient has been killed (posthumously).[1] A Medal of Honor during peacetime has not been presented since 1939.

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      This with the   indicates that the Medal of Honor was awarded posthumously

Note: Notes in quotations are derived or are copied from the official Medal of Honor citation
Image Name Service Rank Place of action Date of action Notes
Ahern, WilliamWilliam Ahern Navy Watertender USS Puritan (BM-1) 01897-07-01 July 1 1897 For lifesaving heroism during boiler malfunction
Anderson, WilliamWilliam Anderson Navy Coxswain USS Powhatan 01878-06-28 June 28 1878 For rescuing from drowning W. H. Moffatt, First Class Boy
Illustration with the head of a black sailor at left, a star-shaped medal on a ribbon at right, a ship next to two men in the water, one holding the other, in the background and the words "Daniel Atkins, 1892" at bottom. Atkins, DanielDaniel Atkins Navy Ship's Cook First Class USS Cushing (TB-1) 01898-02-11 February 11 1898 For attempting to save from drowning Ensign Joseph C. Breckenridge
Auer, John F.John F. Auer Navy Ordinary Seaman Apprentice USS Lancaster, Marseille, France 01883-11-20 November 20 1883 For rescuing a drowning French boy who had fallen from a pier
Head and shoulders of a white man wearing a dark jacket with four medals on the left breast and a star-shaped medal hanging from a ribbon around his neck. Badders, WilliamWilliam Badders Navy Chief Machinist's Mate wreck site of USS Squalus (SS-192) 01939-05-23 May 23 1939 For his actions as a diver in rescuing the crew of the sunken USS Squalus
Barrett, EdwardEdward Barrett Navy Fireman Second Class USS Alaska, Callao Bay, Peru 01881-09-14 September 14 1881 Saved USS Alaska from catastrophe by preventing boiler explosion
Bates, RichardRichard Bates Navy Seaman off Eastport, Maine 01866-05-10 May 10 1866 For rescuing from drowning James Rose and John Russell, seamen of the USS Winooski
Behne, FrederickFrederick Behne Navy Fireman First Class USS Iowa (BB-4) 01905-01-25 January 25 1905 Extraordinary heroism saving ship after boiler explosion
Behnke, HeinrichHeinrich Behnke Navy Seaman First Class USS Iowa (BB-4) 01905-01-25 January 25 1905 Extraordinary heroism saving ship after boiler explosion
Belpitt, William H.William H. Belpitt Navy Captain of the Afterguard USS Monocacy, Foochow, China 01884-10-07 October 7 1884 For rescuing from drowning a Chinese man whose canoe had capsized
Profile of a white man wearing a thick coat and tight-fitting leather aviator's cap, strapped under the chin, with goggles pushed up onto his forehead. Bennett, FloydFloyd Bennett Navy Machinist over the Arctic 01926-05-09 May 9 1926 For his part in what was thought to be the first successful heavier-than-air flight to the North Pole and back
Benson, JamesJames Benson Navy Seaman USS Ossipee 01872-06-20 June 20 1872 For attempting to save from drowning Landsman John K. Smith
Bjorkman, Ernest H.Ernest H. Bjorkman Navy Ordinary Seaman USS Leyden 01903-01-21 January 21 1903 For heroism during the sinking of his ship
Boers, Edward W.Edward W. Boers Navy Seaman USS Bennington (PG-4), San Diego, Calif. 01905-07-21 July 21 1905 Extraordinary heroism while minimizing loss of life and material damage while saving his ship after a boiler explosion
Bonney, Robert E.Robert E. Bonney Navy Chief Watertender USS Hopkins (DD-6) 01910-02-14 February 14 1910 For heroism during an accident to a ship's boiler
Bradley, AlexanderAlexander Bradley[nb 1] Navy Landsman USS Wachusett, off Cowes, England 01872-08-07 August 7 1872 For attempting to save from drowning Landsman Philip Cassidy of the USS Wabash
Breault, HenryHenry Breault Navy Torpedoman Second Class USS O-5 (SS-66) 01923-10-28 October 28 1923 For rescuing another sailor when submarine O-5 sank
Breeman, GeorgeGeorge Breeman Navy Seaman USS Kearsarge (BB-5) 01906-04-13 April 13 1906 For actions after the accidental ignition of gunpowder
Bresnahan, Patrick F.Patrick F. Bresnahan Navy Watertender USS Iowa (BB-4) 01905-01-25 January 25 1905 Extraordinary heroism saving ship after boiler explosion
Brock, George F.George F. Brock Navy Carpenter's Mate Second Class USS Bennington (PG-4), San Diego, Calif. 01905-07-21 July 21 1905 For extraordinary heroism when boiler exploded on ship
Brown, JohnJohn Brown Navy Captain of the Afterguard off Eastport, Maine 01866-05-10 May 10 1866 For rescuing from drowning James Rose and John Russell, seamen of the USS Winooski
Buchanan, David M.David M. Buchanan Navy Apprentice USS Saratoga, off Battery, New York Harbor 01879-07-15 July 15 1879 Saved Apprentice Robert Lee Robey from drowning at risk of his own life
Burke, ThomasThomas Burke Navy Seaman off Eastport, Maine 01866-05-10 May 10 1866 For rescuing from drowning James Rose and John Russell, seamen of the USS Winooski
White man standing on a wooden deck in front of a building, wearing white shoes, a white military suit with dark shoulder boards, and a white peaked cap with dark visor. Byrd, Jr., Richard E.Richard E. Byrd, Jr. Navy Commander over the Arctic 01926-05-09 May 9 1926 For leading what was thought to be the first successful heavier-than-air flight to the North Pole and back
Cahey, ThomasThomas Cahey Navy Seaman USS Petrel (PG-2) 01901-03-31 March 31 1901 Risked his life to save others from an on-board fire
Head and shoulders of a white man with a bushy, drooping mustache wearing a suit, vest, and tie. The portrait is surrounded by a decorative frame and an illustration of a sailing ship is at right. Carey, JamesJames Carey Navy Seaman USS Huron 01870 1870 For saving 3 shipmates from drowning
Cary, Robert W.Robert W. Cary Navy Ensign USS San Diego (CA-6) 01915-01-21 January 21 1915 Saved 3 men's lives after boiler explosion, then led effort to prevent further boiler explosion
Chandron, AugustAugust Chandron Navy Seaman Apprentice Second Class USS Quinnebaug, Alexandria, Egypt 01885-11-21 November 21 1885 For rescuing from drowning Ordinary Seaman William Evans
Cholister, George R.George R. Cholister  Navy Boatswain's Mate First Class USS Trenton (CL-11) 01924-10-20 October 20 1924 Died of burns suffered while attempting to stifle a fatal munitions fire in forward gun mount
Clary, Edward A.Edward A. Clary Navy Watertender USS Hopkins (DD-6) 01910-02-14 February 14 1910 Extraordinary heroism in line of duty during accident to ship's boiler
Clausey, John J.John J. Clausey Navy Chief Gunner's Mate USS Bennington (PG-4), San Diego, Calif. 01905-07-21 July 21 1905 For extraordinary heroism when boiler exploded on ship
Connolly, MichaelMichael Connolly Navy Ordinary Seaman USS Plymouth, Halifax Harbor, Nova Scotia 01876-08-07 August 7 1876 For rescuing a citizen from drowning
Corahorgi, DemetriDemetri Corahorgi Navy Fireman First Class USS Iowa (BB-4) 01905-01-25 January 25 1905 Extraordinary heroism saving ship after boiler explosion
Corey, WilliamWilliam Corey Navy Landsman USS Plymouth, Navy Yard, New York 01876-07-26 July 26 1876 Heroic attempt to save life of shipmate fallen overboard from aloft
Head and shoulders of a white man with a neatly trimmed mustache wearing a military jacket with shoulder boards and two columns of buttons down the chest. Corry, Jr., William M.William M. Corry, Jr.  Navy Lieutenant Commander near Hartford, Connecticut 01920-10-02 October 2 1920 For attempting to rescue a fellow officer from a burning plane; died from burns 4 days later
Costello, JohnJohn Costello Navy Ordinary Seaman USS Hartford, Philadelphia, Pa. 01876-07-16 July 16 1876 For rescuing from drowning a Landsman of the USS Hartford
Courtney, Henry C.Henry C. Courtney Navy Seaman USS Portsmouth, Washington Navy Yard 01882-02-07 February 7 1882 For rescuing from drowning Charles Taliaferro, Jack-of-the-Dust
Cox, Robert E.Robert E. Cox Navy Chief Gunner's Mate USS Missouri, off Pensacola, Fla. 01904-04-13 April 13 1904 For extinguishing munitions fire aboard ship, preventing its loss
Cramen, ThomasThomas Cramen Navy Boatswain's Mate USS Portsmouth, Washington Navy Yard 01882-02-07 February 7 1882 For rescuing from drowning Charles Taliaferro, Jack-of-the-Dust
Head and torso of a man with a mustache and dark, thinning hair wearing a dark jacket with stripes on the upper sleeve, two round medals on the left breast, and a star-shaped medal hanging from a ribbon around his neck. Crandall, Orson L.Orson L. Crandall Navy Chief Boatswain's Mate wreck site of USS Squalus (SS-192) 01939-05-23 May 23 1939 For his actions as a diver in rescuing the crew of the sunken USS Squalus
Creelman, William J.William J. Creelman Navy Landsman USS Maine (ACR-1) 01897-02-01 February 1 1897 Heroic attempt to save life at sea
Crilley, Frank W.Frank W. Crilley Navy Chief Gunner's Mate wreck site of the USS F-4 (SS-23), off Honolulu, Hawaii 01915-04-17 April 17 1915 For rescuing a fellow diver who had become tangled in the wreckage and trapped underwater
Cronan, WillieWillie Cronan Navy Boatswain's Mate USS Bennington (PG-4), San Diego, Calif. 01905-07-21 July 21 1905 Bravery shown during ship's boiler explosion
Cutter, George W.George W. Cutter Navy Landsman USS Powhatan, Norfolk, Va. 01872-05-27 May 27 1872 For assisting in rescuing a shipmate from drowning
Davis, JohnJohn Davis Navy Ordinary Seaman USS Trenton, Toulon, France 01881-02-01 February 1 1881 For rescuing from drowning Coxswain Augustus Ohlensen
Davis, Joseph H.Joseph H. Davis Navy Landsman USS Dale, off wharf at Norfolk, Va. 01886-01-22 January 22 1886 For rescuing from drowning Ordinary Seaman John Norman
Davis, Raymond E.Raymond E. Davis Navy Quartermaster Third Class USS Bennington (PG-4), San Diego, Calif. 01905-07-21 July 21 1905 For extraordinary heroism when boiler exploded aboard ship
Dempsey, JohnJohn Dempsey Navy Seaman USS Kearsarge, Shanghai, China 01875-01-23 January 23 1875 Gallantly rescued shipmate from drowning
Deneef, MichaelMichael Deneef Navy Captain of the Top USS Swatara, Para, Brazil 01875-12-01 December 1 1875 Leaped overboard and saved shipmate from drowning
Denham, AustinAustin Denham Navy Seaman USS Kansas, near Greytown, Nicaragua 01872-04-12 April 12 1872 Preventing further loss of life during mass drowning
Head of a young white man with hair combed back at the top and short on the sides, wearing a dark jacket with two columns of buttons down the chest and an anchor emblem on the upright collar. Drexler, Henry C.Henry C. Drexler  Navy Ensign USS Trenton (CL-11) 01924-10-20 October 20 1924 Died of burns while attempting to stifle a fatal munitions fire in forward gun mount
Du Moulin, FrankFrank Du Moulin Navy Apprentice USS Sabine, New London Harbor 01867-09-05 September 5 1867 For jumping overboard and saving Apprentice D'Orsay from drowning
Head and shoulders of a smiling white man wearing a dark peaked cap with the letters "U.S.N" on the front and a dark jacket with three medals on the left breast and a star-shaped medal hanging from a ribbon around his neck. Eadie, ThomasThomas Eadie Navy Chief Gunner's Mate USS S-4 (SS-109) wreck site, off Provincetown, Mass. 01927-12-18 December 18 1927 For rescuing a fellow diver who had become trapped underwater
Head and shoulders of a white man with a handlebar mustache, wearing a peaked cap and a dark jacket with two rows of ribbon bars on the left breast. Several other men in similar clothing can be seen behind him. Edwards, Walter A.Walter A. Edwards Navy Lieutenant Commander USS Bainbridge (DD-246), Sea of Marmora, Turkey 01922-12-16 December 16 1922 For leading the rescue of passengers on the French military transport Vinh-Long
Eilers, Henry A.Henry A. Eilers Navy Gunner's Mate USS Philadelphia (C-4), Fort McHenry, Baltimore, Md. 01892-09-17 September 17 1892 Stamping out burning particles of prematurely exploded cartridge in powder magazine
Elmore, WalterWalter Elmore Navy Landsman USS Gettysburg 01878-10-01 October 1 1878 For saving from drowning Landsman Wallace Febrey
Enright, JohnJohn Enright Navy Landsman USS Ranger, off Ensenada, Mexico 01886-01-18 January 18 1886 Jumping overboard, Davis rescued Seamen John Bell and George Svensson from drowning
Everetts, JohnJohn Everetts Navy Gunner's Mate Third Class USS Cushing (TB-1) 01898-02-11 February 11 1898 For attempting to save from drowning Ensign Joseph C. Breckenridge
Fadden, Harry D.Harry D. Fadden Navy Coxswain USS Adams 01903-06-30 June 30 1903 For rescuing O.C. Hawthorne, Landsman for training, from drowning
Fasseur, Isaac L.Isaac L. Fasseur Navy Ordinary Seaman USS Lackawanna, Callao, Peru 01884-06-13 June 13 1884 For rescuing from drowning William Cruise
Flannagan, JohnJohn Flannagan Navy Boatswain's Mate USS Supply 01878-10-26 October 26 1878 For rescuing from drowning Seaman David Walsh
Floyd, EdwardEdward Floyd Navy Boilermaker USS Iowa (BB-4) 01905-01-25 January 25 1905 Extraordinary heroism saving ship after boiler explosion
Fowler, ChristopherChristopher Fowler Navy Quartermaster USS Fortune, Point Zapotitlan, Mexico 01874-05-11 May 11 1874 Displayed valorous conduct when ship's boat capsized, drowning part of crew
Fredericksen, EmilEmil Fredericksen Navy Watertender USS Bennington (PG-4), San Diego, Calif. 01905-07-21 July 21 1905 For extraordinary heroism when boiler exploded on ship
Gidding, CharlesCharles Gidding[nb 2] Navy Seaman USS Plymouth, Navy Yard, New York 01876-07-26 July 26 1876 For trying to rescue a shipmate from drowning
Gillick, MatthewMatthew Gillick Navy Boatswain's Mate USS Lancaster, Marseille, France 01883-11-20 November 20 1883 For rescuing from drowning a French boy who had fallen from a pier
Girandy, AlphonseAlphonse Girandy Navy Seaman USS Petrel (PG-2) 01901-03-31 March 31 1901 For courage in firefighting efforts
Gowan, William H.William H. Gowan Navy Boatswain's Mate Coquimbo, Chile 01909-01-20 January 20 1909 Bravery displayed by him during a fire
Grbitch, RadeRade Grbitch Navy Seaman USS Bennington (PG-4), San Diego, Calif. 01905-07-21 July 21 1905 For extraordinary heroism when boiler exploded aboard ship
Profile of an older white man with a full, bushy beard and wire-framed glasses wearing a military jacket with shoulder boards, many medals on the left breast, and a strap running diagonally across the chest. Greely, Adolphus W.Adolphus W. Greely Army Major General various 01861-07-26 July 26 1861 – 01908-03-27 March 27 1908 For his lifetime of service
Head and shoulders of a dark-haired white man with a thin, drooping mustache, wearing an unbuttoned dark jacket over a checkered shirt. Halford, WilliamWilliam Halford Navy Coxswain Pacific Ocean 01870-10-01 October 1 1870 Sailed 31 days in small boat to Hawaii to fetch rescuers to his marooned shipmates of the USS Saginaw stranded on Ocean Island
Halling, LuoviLuovi Halling Navy Boatswain's Mate First Class USS Missouri 01904-09-15 September 15 1904 For attempting to rescue a shipmate from drowning
Handran, JohnJohn Handran Navy Seaman USS Franklin, Lisbon, Portugal 01876-01-09 January 9 1876 For rescuing a shipmate from drowning
Harrington, DavidDavid Harrington Navy Fireman First Class USS Tallapoosa 01884-08-21 August 21 1884 Remained in engine room of his sinking ship until waist deep water extinguished boiler fires, then opened safety valves
Hayden, JohnJohn Hayden Navy Apprentice USS Saratoga, off the Battery, New York Harbor 01879-07-15 July 15 1879 For assisting in the rescue from drowning of R. L. Robey
Helms, John H.John H. Helms Marine Corps Sergeant USS Chicago, Montevideo, Uruguay 01901-01-10 January 10 1901 For rescuing a shipmate from drowning
Hill, Frank E.Frank E. Hill Navy Ship's Cook First Class USS Bennington (PG-4), San Diego, Calif. 01905-07-21 July 21 1905 For extraordinary heroism when boiler exploded on ship
Hill, GeorgeGeorge Hill Navy Chief Quarter Gunner USS Kansas, near Greytown, Nicaragua 01872-04-12 April 12 1872 Preventing further loss of life during mass drowning
Hill, William L.William L. Hill Navy Captain of the Top USS Minnesota, Newport, R.I. 01881-06-22 June 22 1881 For rescuing from drowning William Mulcahy, Third Class Boy
Holt, GeorgeGeorge Holt Navy Quarter Gunner USS Plymouth, Hamburg Harbor 01871-07-03 July 3 1871 For rescuing from drowning one of a party who was thrown from a shore boat
Holtz, AugustAugust Holtz Navy Chief Watertender USS North Dakota (BB-29) 01910-09-08 September 8 1910 For heroism in fighting fire on USS North Dakota
Horton, JamesJames Horton Navy Captain of the Top USS Constitution 01879-02-13 February 13 1879 For going over the stern during a heavy gale and cutting the fastenings of the ship's rudder chains
Huber, William R.William R. Huber Navy Machinist's Mate USS Bruce (DD-329), Naval Shipyard, Norfolk, Va. 01928-06-11 June 11 1928 Risked his life and suffered severe burns rescuing Charles Bryan from steam-filled boiler room after accident
Head and shoulders of a white man with wavy hair, wearing a white military jacket with shoulder boards and a winged pin on the left breast. Hutchins, Carlton B.Carlton B. Hutchins  Navy Lieutenant off the coast of southern California 01938-02-02 February 2 1938 Remained at controls of damaged seaplane, thereby saving lives of aircrew members
Johannessen, Johannes J.Johannes J. Johannessen Navy Chief Watertender USS Iowa (BB-4) 01905-01-25 January 25 1905 Extraordinary heroism saving ship after boiler explosion
Johnson, JohnJohn Johnson Navy Seaman USS Kansas, near Greytown, Nicaragua 01872-04-12 April 12 1872 Preventing further loss of life during mass drowning
Johnson, WilliamWilliam Johnson Navy Cooper USS Adams, Navy Yard, Mare Island, Calif. 01879-11-14 November 14 1879 For rescuing from drowning Daniel W. Kloppen, a workman
Jones, Claud AshtonClaud Ashton Jones Navy Commander USS Memphis (CA-10), off Santo Domingo City, Santo Domingo 01916-08-29 August 29 1916 Saved lives of crew of USS Memphis from destruction by a tsunami
Kersey, ThomasThomas Kersey Navy Ordinary Seaman USS Plymouth, Navy Yard, New York 01876-07-26 July 26 1876 For rescuing a shipmate from drowning
King, HughHugh King Navy Ordinary Seaman USS Iroquois, Delaware River 01871-09-07 September 7 1871 For rescuing one of the crew of the USS Iroquois from drowning
King, JohnJohn King Navy Watertender USS Salem (CL-3) 01909-09-13 September 13 1909 For heroism during a boiler accident
King, JohnJohn King Navy Watertender USS Vicksburg (PG-11) 01901-05-29 May 29 1901 For heroism during a boiler accident; one of only 19 two-time Medal of Honor recipients
Klein, RobertRobert Klein Navy Chief Carpenter's Mate USS Raleigh (C-8) 01904-01-25 January 25 1904 For saving shipmates succumbing to poisonous fumes
Head of a white man wearing a dark suit and bow tie. To the lower right of the oval-shaped portrait is an illustration of a shield covered with stars and stripes, like the American flag, and a ribbon tied around the shield. Kyle, Patrick J.Patrick J. Kyle Navy Landsman USS Quinnebaug, Port Mahon, Minorca 01879-03-13 March 13 1879 For rescuing a shipmate from drowning
Lafferty, JohnJohn Lafferty Navy Fireman First Class USS Alaska, Callao Bay, Peru 01881-09-14 September 14 1881 Second award; previously received a Medal of Honor for actions during the Civil War
Lakin, ThomasThomas Lakin Navy Seaman USS Narragansett, Navy Yard, Mare Island, Calif. 01874-11-01 November 1 1874 For rescuing two shipmates from drowning
Lejeune, EmileEmile Lejeune Navy Seaman USS Plymouth, Port Royal, S.C. 01876-06-06 June 6 1876 For rescuing a citizen from drowning
A white man standing with his hands behind his back, wearing a buttoned leather coat over a shirt and tie. Behind him can be seen part of a plane with the words "Spirit of St. Louis" on the side. Lindbergh, CharlesCharles Lindbergh Army Air Corps Reserve Captain from New York City to Paris, France 01927-05-20 May 20 1927 – 01927-05-21 May 21 1927 For flying the first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean
Lipscomb, HarryHarry Lipscomb Navy Watertender USS North Dakota (BB-29) 01910-09-08 September 8 1910 For heroism in fighting fire aboard his ship
Low, GeorgeGeorge Low Navy Seaman USS Tennessee, New Orleans, La. 01881-02-15 February 15 1881 For rescuing from drowning N. P. Petersen, Gunner's Mate
Lucy, JohnJohn Lucy Navy Second Class Boy USS Minnesota, Castle Garden, New York 01876-07-09 July 9 1876 For heroic conduct aboard USS Minnesota during Castle Garden immigration center fire
Maddin, EdwardEdward Maddin Navy Ordinary Seaman USS Franklin, Lisbon, Portugal 01876-01-09 January 9 1876 For rescuing a shipmate from drowning
Magee, John W.John W. Magee Navy Fireman Second Class USS Tallapoosa 01884-08-21 August 21 1884 Remained on duty in fireroom until rising waters extinguished boilers
Manning, Henry J.Henry J. Manning Navy Quartermaster USS New Hampshire, off Coasters Harbor Island, near Newport, R.I. 01882-01-04 January 4 1882 For attempting to rescue from drowning Jabez Smith, Second Class Musician
Matthews, JosephJoseph Matthews Navy Captain of the Top USS Constitution 01879-02-13 February 13 1879 For going over the stern during a heavy gale and cutting the fastenings of the ship's rudder chains
McCarton, JohnJohn McCarton Navy Ship's Printer USS New Hampshire, off Coasters Harbor Island, near Newport, R.I. 01882-01-04 January 4 1882 For attempting to rescue from drowning Jabez Smith, Second Class Musician
Head and shoulders of a white man with short bristly hair wearing a dark jacket with one round medal pinned to the left breast and a star-shaped medal hanging from a ribbon around his neck. McDonald, James H.James H. McDonald Navy Chief Metalsmith wreck site of USS Squalus (SS-192) 01939-05-23 May 23 1939 For his actions as a diver in rescuing the crew of the sunken USS Squalus
Head and shoulders of a white man with combed-back hair wearing a dark jacket with stripes on the upper sleeve, one round medal pinned to the left breast, and a star-shaped medal hanging from a ribbon around his neck. Mihalowski, JohnJohn Mihalowski Navy Torpedoman First Class wreck site of USS Squalus (SS-192) 01939-05-23 May 23 1939 For his actions as a diver in rescuing the crew of the sunken USS Squalus
Miller, HughHugh Miller Navy Boatswain's Mate USS Quinnebaug, Alexandria, Egypt 01885-11-21 November 21 1885 For assisting in rescuing a shipmate from drowning
Millmore, JohnJohn Millmore Navy Ordinary Seaman USS Essex, Monrovia, Liberia 01877-10-31 October 31 1877 For rescuing from drowning Ordinary Seaman John W. Powers
Mitchell, ThomasThomas Mitchell Navy Landsman USS Richmond, Shanghai, China 01879-11-17 November 17 1879 For rescuing from drowning First Class Boy M. F. Caulan
A man sitting cross-legged on a wooden deck, wearing a plain white suit and a white peaked cap with black visor. The number "22" is written over his image, and around him are other seated men with numbers similarly written over them. Monssen, MonsMons Monssen Navy Chief Gunner's Mate USS Missouri 01904-04-13 April 13 1904 Entered munitions magazine to extinguish fire with hand thrown water, then by hose
Moore, FrancisFrancis Moore Navy Boatswain's Mate USS Portsmouth, Washington Navy Yard 01882-01-23 January 23 1882 For attempting to rescue from drowning Thomas Duncan, carpenter and calker
Moore, PhilipPhilip Moore Navy Seaman USS Trenton, Genoa, Italy 01880-09-21 September 21 1880 For rescuing from drowning Ordinary Seaman Hans Paulsen
Morris, JohnJohn Morris Marine Corps Corporal USS Lancaster, Villefranche, France 01881-12-25 December 25 1881 For rescuing from drowning Ordinary Seaman Robert Blizzard
Morse, WilliamWilliam Morse Navy Seaman USS Shenandoah, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 01880-09-19 September 19 1880 For rescuing from drowning First Class Fireman James Grady
Mullin, Hugh P.Hugh P. Mullin Navy Seaman USS Texas, off Hampton Roads, Virginia 01899-11-11 November 11 1899 For rescuing from drowning Apprentice Second Class Alfred Kosminski
Nelson, Oscar F.Oscar F. Nelson Navy Machinist's Mate First Class USS Bennington (PG-4), San Diego, Calif. 01905-07-21 July 21 1905 For extraordinary heroism when boiler exploded aboard ship
Illustration with the head of a black sailor at left, a star-shaped medal on a ribbon at right, a ship with a man jumping overboard and another man in the water in the background, and the words "Joseph Noil, 1872" at bottom. Noil, Joseph B.Joseph B. Noil Navy Seaman USS Powhatan, Norfolk, Va. 01872-12-26 December 26 1872 For saving Boatswain J. C. Walton from drowning
Nordstrom, IsadoreIsadore Nordstrom[nb 3] Navy Chief Boatswain's Mate USS Kearsarge (BB-5) 01906-04-13 April 13 1906 For rescuing injured after munitions fire in forward turret
Norris, J. W.J. W. Norris Navy Landsman USS Jamestown, New York Navy Yard 01883-12-20 December 20 1883 For rescuing A. A. George from drowning
O'Conner, James F.James F. O'Conner Navy Landsman USS Jean Sands, opposite the Norfolk Navy Yard 01880-06-15 June 15 1880 For rescuing from drowning a young girl who had fallen overboard
O'Neal, JohnJohn O'Neal Navy Boatswain's Mate USS Kansas, near Greytown, Nicaragua 01872-04-12 April 12 1872 Preventing further loss of life during mass drowning
Ohmsen, AugustAugust Ohmsen Navy Master-at-Arms USS Tallapoosa 01884-08-21 August 21 1884 For lifesaving efforts during sinking of USS Tallapoosa
Osborne, JohnJohn Osborne Navy Seaman USS Juniata (1862), Philadelphia, Pa. 01876-08-21 August 21 1876 For rescuing from drowning an enlisted boy of the USS Juniata
Osepins, ChristianChristian Osepins Navy Seaman USS Fortune, Hampton Roads, Va. 01882-05-07 May 7 1882 For rescuing from drowning Gunner's Mate James Walters
Parker, AlexanderAlexander Parker Navy Boatswain's Mate Mare Island Naval Shipyard 01876-07-25 July 25 1876 For attempting to save a shipmate from drowning
Peters, AlexanderAlexander Peters Navy Boatswain's Mate First Class USS Missouri 01904-09-15 September 15 1904 For attempting to rescue a shipmate from drowning
Pfeifer, Louis F.Louis F. Pfeifer Marine Corps Private USS Petrel (PG-2) 01901-03-31 March 31 1901 "...for heroism and gallantry, fearlessly exposing his own life to danger for the saving of the others on the occasion of the fire on board that vessel." Served as Louis F. Theis during first enlistment.
Pile, RichardRichard Pile Navy Ordinary Seaman USS Kansas, near Greytown, Nicaragua 01872-04-12 April 12 1872 Preventing further loss of life during mass drowning
Quick, JosephJoseph Quick Navy Coxswain Yokohama, Japan 01902-04-27 April 27 1902 For rescuing a shipmate from drowning
Regan, PatrickPatrick Regan Navy Ordinary Seaman USS Pensacola, harbor of Coquimbo, Chile 01873-07-30 July 30 1873 For rescuing a shipmate from drowning
Reid, PatrickPatrick Reid Navy Chief Watertender USS North Dakota (BB-29) 01910-09-08 September 8 1910 For heroism in fighting fire on his ship
Roberts, Charles C.Charles C. Roberts Navy Machinist's Mate First Class USS North Dakota (BB-29) 01910-09-08 September 8 1910 For heroism in fighting fire on his ship
Robinson, JohnJohn Robinson Navy Captain of the Hold Pensacola Bay, Florida 01867-01-19 January 19 1867 Swam ashore through heavy gale trailing rescue line needed to resupply ship so it could raise steam and avoid stranding
Robinson, ThomasThomas Robinson Navy Captain of the Afterguard off New Orleans, Louisiana 01866-07-15 July 15 1866 For efforts to save from drowning Wellington Brocar, Landsman, of the USS Tallapoosa
Rouning, JohannesJohannes Rouning Navy Ordinary Seaman USS Fortune, Hampton Roads, Va. 01882-05-07 May 7 1882 For rescuing from drowning Gunner's Mate James Walters
Rud, George W.George W. Rud  Navy Chief Machinist's Mate USS Memphis (CA-10), off Santo Domingo City, Santo Domingo 01916-08-29 August 29 1916 Scalded to death at his engine room duty while a tsunami was destroying his ship
Russell, JohnJohn Russell Navy Seaman USS Trenton, Genoa, Italy 01880-09-21 September 21 1880 For rescuing from drowning Ordinary Seaman Hans Paulsen
Ryan, RichardRichard Ryan Navy Ordinary Seaman USS Hartford, Norfolk, Va. 01876-03-04 March 4 1876 For rescuing a shipmate from drowning
Profile of a young white man with hair thick on top and short at the sides, wearing a dark jacket with two columns of buttons down the chest and an anchor emblem on the side of the upright collar. Ryan, Thomas J.Thomas J. Ryan Navy Ensign Yokohama, Japan 01923-09-01 September 1 1923 For rescuing a woman from the burning Grand Hotel, following an earthquake
Sadler, WilliamWilliam Sadler Navy Captain of the Top USS Saratoga, off Coasters Harbor Island, R.I. 01881-06-25 June 25 1881 For rescuing from drowning Second Class Boy Frank Gallagher
Sapp, IsaacIsaac Sapp[nb 4] Navy Seaman USS Shenandoah, Villefranche 01871-12-15 December 15 1871 For assisting in saving from drowning Seaman Charles Prince
Schepke, Charles S.Charles S. Schepke Navy Gunner's Mate First Class USS Missouri 01904-04-13 April 13 1904 For extinguishing munitions fire aboard ship, preventing its loss
Schmidt, Otto D.Otto D. Schmidt Navy Seaman USS Bennington (PG-4), San Diego, Calif. 01905-07-21 July 21 1905 For extraordinary heroism when boiler exploded aboard ship
Shacklette, William S.William S. Shacklette Navy Hospital Steward USS Bennington (PG-4), San Diego, Calif. 01905-07-21 July 21 1905 Bravery shown during ship's boiler explosion
Shanahan, PatrickPatrick Shanahan Navy Chief Boatswain's Mate USS Alliance 01899-05-28 May 28 1899 For rescuing from drowning Quartermaster First Class William Steven
Simpson, Henry L.Henry L. Simpson Navy Fireman First Class USS Essex, Monrovia, Liberia 01877-10-31 October 31 1877 For rescuing from drowning Ordinary Seaman John W. Powers
Smith, Albert J.Albert J. Smith Marine Corps Private Marine Barracks, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida 01921-02-11 February 11 1921 For pulling a man from the wreckage of a crashed and burning seaplane
Smith, Eugene P.Eugene P. Smith Navy Chief Watertender USS Decatur (DD-5) 01915-09-09 September 9 1915 For entering compartments immediately following an explosion and rescuing injured shipmates
Smith, JamesJames Smith Navy Seaman USS Kansas, near Greytown, Nicaragua 01872-04-12 April 12 1872 Preventing further loss of life during mass drowning
Smith, JohnJohn Smith Navy Seaman USS Shenandoah, off Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 01880-09-19 September 19 1880 For rescuing from drowning First Class Fireman James Grady
Smith, ThomasThomas Smith Navy Seaman USS Enterprise, off Para, Brazil 01878-10-01 October 1 1878 For rescuing from drowning Coxswain William Kent
Smith, WilhelmWilhelm Smith Navy Gunner's Mate First Class USS New York 01916-01-24 January 24 1916 For entering a compartment filled with gases and rescuing a shipmate
Snyder, William E.William E. Snyder Navy Chief Electrician USS Birmingham (CL-2), Hampton Roads, Va. 01910-01-04 January 4 1910 For rescuing from drowning Seaman G.H. Kephart
Stacy, William B.William B. Stacy Navy Seaman harbor of Cape Haiten before January 15, 1866 For rescuing from drowning one of the crew of the USS Rhode Island (1861)
Stanton, ThomasThomas Stanton Navy Chief Machinist's Mate USS North Dakota (BB-29) 01910-09-08 September 8 1910 For heroism in fighting fire on USS North Dakota
Stewart, James A.James A. Stewart Marine Corps Corporal USS Plymouth, harbor of Villefranche, France 01872-02-01 February 1 1872 For rescuing from drowning Midshipman Osterhaus
Stokes, JohnJohn Stokes Navy Chief Master-at-Arms USS New York, off Jamaica 01899-03-31 March 31 1899 For helping rescue from drowning Watertender Peter Mahoney
Stupka, LoddieLoddie Stupka Navy Fireman First Class USS Leyden 01903-01-21 January 21 1903 For heroism during sinking of his ship
Sullivan, James F.James F. Sullivan Navy Boatswain's Mate USS New Hampshire, Newport, R.I. 01882-04-21 April 21 1882 For rescuing from drowning Third Class Boy Francis T. Price
Sweeney, Robert A.Robert A. Sweeney Navy Ordinary Seaman USS Kearsarge, at Hampton Roads, Va. 01881-10-26 October 26 1881 For assisting in saving a shipmate from drowning
Sweeney, Robert A.Robert A. Sweeney Navy Ordinary Seaman USS Jamestown, New York Navy Yard 01883-12-20 December 20 1883 For rescuing from drowning A. A. George
Sweeney, WilliamWilliam Sweeney Navy Landsman USS Jean Sands, opposite the Norfolk Navy Yard 01880-06-15 June 15 1880 For rescuing from drowning a young girl who had fallen overboard
Taylor, Richard H.Richard H. Taylor Navy Quartermaster USS Nipsic, Apia, Samoa 01889-03-16 March 16 1889 Displayed gallantry during hurricane
Teytand, August P.August P. Teytand Navy Quartermaster Third Class USS Leyden 01903-01-21 January 21 1903 Heroism during sinking of his ship
Thayer, JamesJames Thayer Navy Ship's Corporal Naval Station Norfolk 01879-11-16 November 16 1879 For rescuing a shipmate from drowning
Thompson, HenryHenry Thompson Navy Seaman Mare Island, California 01878-06-27 June 27 1878 For rescuing a man from drowning
Thornton, MichaelMichael Thornton Navy Seaman USS Leyden, near Boston, Mass. 01881-08-26 August 26 1881 For rescuing from drowning Landsman Michael Drennan
Tobin, PaulPaul Tobin Navy Landsman USS Plymouth, Hamburg Harbor 01871-07-03 July 3 1871 For rescuing from drowning one of a party who was thrown from a shore boat
Trinidad, TelesforoTelesforo Trinidad Navy Fireman Second Class USS San Diego (CA-6) 01915-01-21 January 21 1915 Rescued R. E. Daly and another injured fireman from boiler explosion despite his own facial burns
Trout, James M.James M. Trout Navy Fireman Second Class USS Frolic, Montevideo 01877-04-20 April 20 1877 For attempting to save a shipmate from drowning
Troy, JeremiahJeremiah Troy Navy Chief Boatswain's Mate USS New Hampshire, Newport, R.I. 01882-04-21 April 21 1882 For rescuing from drowning Third Class Boy Francis T. Price
Turvelin, Alexander H.Alexander H. Turvelin Navy Seaman USS Trenton, Toulon, France 01881-02-01 February 1 1881 For rescuing from drowning Coxswain Augustus Ohlensen
Walsh, MichaelMichael Walsh Navy Chief Machinist USS Leyden 01903-01-21 January 21 1903 For heroism during sinking of his ship
Weisbogel, AlbertAlbert Weisbogel Navy Captain of the Mizzen Top USS Plymouth 01876-04-27 April 27 1876 For rescuing a shipmate from drowning
Weisbogel, AlbertAlbert Weisbogel Navy Captain of the Mizzen Top USS Benicia 01874-01-11 January 11 1874 For rescuing a shipmate from drowning
Weissel, AdamAdam Weissel Navy Ship's Cook USS Minnesota, Newport, R.I. 01881-08-26 August 26 1881 For rescuing from drowning Captain of the Forecastle C. Lorenze
Westa, KarlKarl Westa Navy Chief Machinist's Mate USS North Dakota (BB-29) 01910-09-08 September 8 1910 For heroism in fighting fire on his ship
Wheeler, George H.George H. Wheeler Navy Shipfitter First Class Coquimbo, Chile 01909-01-20 January 20 1909 Extraordinary heroism during a fire
Willey, Charles H.Charles H. Willey Navy Machinist USS Memphis (CA-10), off Santo Domingo City, Santo Domingo 01916-08-29 August 29 1916 Lifesaving actions during loss of his ship to a tsunami
Williams, AntonioAntonio Williams Navy Seaman USS Huron 01877-11-24 November 24 1877 For courage and fidelity during loss of his ship
Williams, HenryHenry Williams Navy Carpenter's Mate USS Constitution 01879-02-13 February 13 1879 For going over the stern during a heavy gale and performing important carpenter's work upon the rudder
Williams, LouisLouis Williams Navy Captain of the Hold USS Lackawanna, Honolulu, Hawaii 01883-03-16 March 16 1883 For rescuing from drowning Landsman Thomas Moran
Williams, LouisLouis Williams Navy Captain of the Hold USS Lackawanna, Callao, Peru 01884-06-13 June 13 1884 For rescuing from drowning William Cruise
Illustration of a man with dark hair and wearing a sailor suit, standing on a platform attached to a ship's mast and pulling strenuously on a rope. The platform and mast are severely tilted to the right, and sails, pulleys and other ropes can be seen. Willis, GeorgeGeorge Willis Navy Coxswain USS Tigress, off the coast of Greenland 01873-09-22 September 22 1873 Singlehanded furled loose fore topgallant sail, preventing damage to ship
Wilson, AugustAugust Wilson Navy Boilermaker USS Puritan (BM-1) 01897-07-01 July 1 1897 For lifesaving heroism during boiler malfunction

Notes[change | edit source]

  1. Bradley was also known as "Neil Bonner".
  2. Gidding's surname is sometimes given as "Giddings".
  3. Nordstrom's first name is spelled "Isidor" on the official citation.
  4. Sapp's first name is spelled "Isacc" on the official citation.

References[change | edit source]

  1. "A Brief History — The Medal of Honor". Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Department of Defense. August 8, 2006. http://www.defenselink.mil/faq/pis/med_of_honor.html. Retrieved December 30, 2012.