James Carey (Medal of Honor)

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James Carey
James Carey (MOH).jpg
Photo of James Carey, originally published in The Story of American Heroism, The Werner Company, 1897
Born 1844 or 1847
Died 8 September 1913
Place of burial Holy Cross Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York
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 City in 1866. In 1868, while a member of the crew of USS Huron, he saved three fellow crewmen from drowning and was awarded the Medal of Honor.[1]

He later served aboard the USS Kansas, and also saved another sailor from drowning.

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jones, J. William (1897). The Story of American Heroism. Springfield, OH: The Werner Company. p. 751. Retrieved 5 February 2015.