Michael Kearney (Medal of Honor)

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Michael Kearney
Born (1874-10-04)October 4, 1874
Newmarket, Ireland
Died October 31, 1937(1937-10-31) (aged 63)
Place of burial Holy Cross Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1896 - 1926
Rank Captain
Unit USS Nashville
Battles/wars Spanish–American War
Awards Medal of Honor

Michael Kearney (October 4, 1874 – October 31, 1937) was a private serving in the United States Marine Corps during the Spanish–American War who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.


Kearney was born on October 4, 1874 in Newmarket, Ireland. He joined the Marine Corps from Boston in April 1896, and retired with the rank of Captain in December 1926. [1]

Kearney died on October 31, 1937 and is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.[2]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 4 October 1874, Newmarket, Ireland. Accredited to: Massachusetts. G.O. No.: 521, 7 July 1899.


On board the U.S.S. Nashville during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Kearney set an example of extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ USMC History Division
  2. ^ "Michael Kearney". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved July 25, 2010. 
  3. ^ "War with Spain; Kearney, Michael". Medal of Honor recipients, War With Spain. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. Retrieved July 25, 2010. 

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