George Washington Bright

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George Washington Bright
Born (1874-12-01)December 1, 1874
Norfolk, Virginia
Died March 20, 1949(1949-03-20) (aged 74)
Place of burial Blandford Cemetery Petersburg, Virginia
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Coal Passer
Unit USS Nashville (PG-7)
Battles/wars Spanish–American War
Awards Medal of Honor

George Washington Bright (December 27, 1874 – March 20, 1949) was an American sailor serving in the United States Navy during the Spanish–American War who received the Medal of Honor for his actions.

Biography[edit]

Bright was born December 27, 1874 in Norfolk, Virginia, and after entering the navy he was sent as a Coal Passer to fight in the Spanish–American War aboard the USS Nashville (PG-7).[1]

He died March 20, 1949 and is buried in Blandford Cemetery Petersburg, Virginia. His grave can be found in ward C, section 13, lot 6.[2]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Coal Passer, U.S. Navy. Born: 27 December 1874, Norfolk, Va. Accredited to: Virginia. G.O. No.: 521, 7 July 1899.

Citation:

On board the U.S.S. Nashville during the cutting of the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Bright set an example of extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "BRIGHT, GEORGE WASHINGTON". Medal of Honor recipients, War With Spain. United States Army Center of Military History. Retrieved March 20, 2010. 
  2. ^ "George Washington Bright". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved March 20, 2010. 

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