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.

Biography[edit]

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.

Citation:

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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References[edit]

  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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