Matthew Gillick

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Matthew Gillick
Born 1852
Providence, Rhode Island
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Boatswain's Mate
Unit USS Lancaster
Awards Medal of Honor

Matthew Gillick (born 1852, date of death unknown) was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor.


Born in 1852 in Providence, Rhode Island, Gillick joined the Navy from that state. By November 20, 1883, he was serving as a boatswain's mate on the USS Lancaster. On that day, while Lancaster was at Marseille, France, a boy fell into the water from a breakwater near the ship. Gillick and another sailor, Ordinary Seaman Apprentice John F. Auer, jumped overboard and rescued him. For this action, both Gillick and Auer were awarded the Medal of Honor a year later, on October 18, 1884.[1]

Gillick's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

Serving on board the U.S.S. Lancaster at Marseille, France, 20 November 1883. Jumping overboard from the Lancaster, Gillick rescued from drowning a French lad who had fallen into the sea from a stone pier astern of the ship.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Medal of Honor recipients - Interim Awards, 1871–1898". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. August 5, 2010. Retrieved September 8, 2010. 

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