James Cooney (Medal of Honor)

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James Cooney
Born (1860-07-27)July 27, 1860
Limerick, Ireland
Died March 14, 1903(1903-03-14) (aged 42)
Vallejo, California
Place of burial Mare Island Cemetery Vallejo, California
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1889 - 1903
Rank Private
Battles/wars Boxer Rebellion
Awards Medal of Honor

James Cooney (July 27, 1860 – March 14, 1903) was an Irishman serving in the United States Marine Corps during the Boxer Rebellion who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.


Cooney was born July 27, 1860 in Limerick, Ireland and enlisted into the Marine Corps August 19, 1889.[1] After entering the Marine Corps he was sent to fight in the Chinese Boxer Rebellion.[2]

He received his Medal for his actions in Tientsin, China July 13, 1900.[2] The Medal was presented to him January 24, 1902.[1]

He died March 14, 1903 in Vallejo, California and is buried there in Mare Island Cemetery.[3] His grave can be found in section D, row 10, plot 093.[3]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 27 July 1860, Limerick, Ireland. Accredited to: Massachusetts. G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901.


In the presence of the enemy during the battle near Tientsin, China, 13 July 1900, Cooney distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.[2]

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  1. ^ a b Karl Schuon (June 1963). U. S. Marine Corps biographical dictionary: the corps' fighting men, what they did, where they served. Cooney, James. Franklin Watts, Inc. p. 46. Retrieved February 6, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "COONEY, JAMES". Medal of Honor recipients, China Relief Expedition (Boxer Rebellion). United States Army Center of Military History. Retrieved February 6, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "James Cooney". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved February 6, 2010. 

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