William H. Morin

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William H. Morin
Born (1869-05-23)May 23, 1869
Died August 29, 1935(1935-08-29) (aged 66)
Place of burial Saint John Cemetery Middle Village, New York
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Boatswain's Mate Second Class
Unit U.S.S. Marblehead
Battles/wars Spanish–American War
Awards Medal of Honor

William Henry Morin (May 23, 1869 – August 29, 1935) was a boatswain's mate second class serving in the United States Navy during the Spanish–American War who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.


Morin was born May 23, 1869 in England and after entering the navy was sent as a boatswain's mate second class to fight in the Spanish–American War aboard the U.S.S. Marblehead.[1]

He died August 29, 1935 and is buried in Saint John Cemetery Middle Village, New York.[2] His grave can be found in section 25, row B.[2] In 1916, Morin became the first reported Naval officer to be court-martialed. He was convicted of disobeying a lawful order of the Secretary of the Navy and three specifications of conduct unbecoming an officer and gentlemen predicated on his failure to pay certain debts. Despite holding the Medal of Honor, he was dismissed from Naval Service.[3]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Boatswain's Mate Second Class, U.S. Navy. Born: 23 May 1869, England. G.O. No.: 500, 14 December 1898.


On board the U.S.S. Marblehead at the approaches to Caimanera, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 26 and 27 July 1898. Displaying heroism, Morin took part in the perilous work of sweeping for and disabling 27 contact mines during this period.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "War with Spain; Morin, William H. entry". Medal of Honor recipients. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "William H. Morin". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  3. ^ 1 COMPILATION OF COURT-MARTIAL ORDERS, U.S. DEP’T OF NAVY, 1916-1927, at 53 (1940).

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