James Carey (Medal of Honor)

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James Carey
James Carey (MOH) framed.jpg
Photo of James Carey, originally published in "Deeds of Valor", Perrien-Keydel Company, Detroit, 1907
Born 1844 or 1847
Place of burial Chartiers Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Seaman
Unit USS Huron
Awards Medal of Honor

James Carey was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of America's highest military decoration — the Medal of Honor.


Carey was born in Ireland in either 1844 or 1847, depending on the source. He later served in the U.S. Navy, entering the service from New York. About the year 1870, while a member of the crew of USS Huron, he saved three fellow crewmen from drowning and was awarded the Medal of Honor.

The printed record provides no further details, and is therefore ambiguous about which ship was involved. There were two ships of the name Huron which served in the 19th century, neither of which was in service in 1870: USS Huron (1861), which was last in commission in October 1868, and USS Huron (1875), which was wrecked in November 1877.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1844, Ireland. Accredited to: New York.


Seaman on board the U.S.S. Huron, saving 3 shipmates from drowning.

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