The Medal of Honor
Navy Medals of Honor, 1861-1941



This page features, and provides links to, photographs of pre-1942 patterns of the Navy Medal of Honor.

Photographs of World War I era "Tiffany Cross" pattern of the Navy Medal of Honor, Navy Medals of Honor, 1861-1941

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Photo #: NH 42380

Medal of Honor


Obverse of a Medal of Honor awarded to Boatswain's Mate Thomas Gehegan for personal valor while serving as captain of USS Pinola's XI-inch gun during the Battle of New Orleans, 24-25 April 1862.
The medal was forfeited because of misconduct and remained in Navy Department custody.
See Photo # NH 42381 for an image of the medal's reverse side.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 42381

Medal of Honor


Reverse of a Medal of Honor awarded to Boatswain's Mate Thomas Gehegan for personal valor while serving as captain of USS Pinola's XI-inch gun during the Battle of New Orleans, 24-25 April 1862.
The medal was forfeited because of misconduct and remained in Navy Department custody.
See Photo # NH 42380 for an image of the medal's obverse.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 102740

U.S. Navy Medal of Honor


Reverse of a Medal of Honor awarded to Seaman Edward William Boers, USN, for "extraordinary heroism" following the explosion of a boiler on board USS Bennington (Gunboat # 4) on 21 July 1905.
Seaman Boers was born 10 March 1884 at Cincinnati, Ohio.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 105348

Chief Water Tender John King, USN


John King was twice awarded the Medal of Honor, in both cases for "heroism in the line of his profession" during boiler accidents. The first was on board USS Vicksburg (Gunboat # 11) on 29 May 1901, and the second was on board USS Salem (Scout Cruiser # 3) on 13 September 1909.
The Medal of Honor is on the left in the top row of medals worn by Chief Watertender King in this portrait photograph, which was probably taken soon after the First World War.

Courtesy of the King Family.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 84020

Lieutenant George H. Wheeler, USN


Who was awarded the Medal of Honor for "bravery and extraordinary heroism" during a conflagration in Coquimbo, Chile, 20 January 1909. He then held the rank of Ship Fitter First Class.
Note the Medal of Honor ribbon on the far left of his ribbon row.
Photographed by Harris & Ewing, Washington, D.C., circa 1919-1920.

Courtesy of Mr. Donald K. Smith.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 105428-B

Machinist Charles Church Roberts, USN


On board USS Santee at Devonport, England, 20 February 1918.
Cropped from Photo # NH 105428.
Charles C. Roberts had been awarded the Medal of Honor (whose ribbon he wears in this photograph) for "heroism in the line of his profession" during a fire on board USS North Dakota (Battleship # 29) on 8 September 1910. He was a Machinist's Mate First Class at that time.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 82104-KN (Color)

U.S. Navy Medal of Honor

Obverse of a Medal of Honor awarded to Rear Admiral Frank F. Fletcher "For Distinguished Conduct in Battle" during the Vera Cruz intervention, 21-22 April 1914.
See Photo # NH 82105-KN for a view of the reverse of this medal.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 82105-KN (Color)

U.S. Navy Medal of Honor

Reverse of a Medal of Honor awarded to Rear Admiral Frank F. Fletcher "For Distinguished Conduct in Battle" during the Vera Cruz intervention, 21-22 April 1914.
See Photo # NH 82104-KN for a view of the obverse of this medal.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 103898

U.S. Navy Medal of Honor


Reverse of a Medal of Honor awarded to Ensign (later: Vice Admiral) Paul F. Foster for "distinguished conduct in battle" during the intervention at Vera Cruz, Mexico, 21-22 April 1914.

Collection of Vice Admiral Paul F. Foster, USNR, donated by his estate in 1976.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 103843

U.S. Navy Medal of Honor


Reverse of Medal of Honor awarded to Chief Turret Captain Abraham DeSomer for "extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession" during the intervention at Vera Cruz, Mexico, 21-22 April 1914.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 79439

Chief Commissary Steward Jesse W. Covington, USN


Halftone reproduction of a photograph, copied from the official publication "Medal of Honor, 1861-1949, The Navy", page 115.
Ship's Cook Third Class Jessie W. Covington, of USS Stewart, received the Medal of Honor for "extraordinary heroism" on 17 April 1918 when he risked his life while rescuing an exhausted survivor of the explosion of the American S.S. Florence H.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 99644

U.S. Navy Medal of Honor


Reverse of a Medal of Honor awarded to Chief Gunner's Nate Oscar Schmidt Jr., for "extraordinary heroism" in rescuing crewmen of USS SC-219, which burned and sank at sea on 9 October 1918.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 46075

Lieutenant Junior Grade Thomas J. Ryan, Jr., USN


Photographed on 15 March 1924 at the White House after being presented the Medal of Honor by President Calvin Coolidge.
He received the award for "extraordinary heroism" in rescuing a woman from the Grand Hotel at Yokohama, Japan, which was on fire after the Great Kanto earthquake, 1 September 1923.
He was then attached to the American Embassy at Tokyo, Japan.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 95030-KN (Color)

U.S. Navy Medal of Honor

Obverse of a Medal of Honor awarded posthumously to Chief Water Tender Peter Tomich for "extraordinary courage and disregard of his own safety" as USS Utah (AG-16) was sinking during the attack on Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941.
See Photo # NH 95031-KN for a view of the reverse of this medal.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 95031-KN (Color)

U.S. Navy Medal of Honor

Reverse of a Medal of Honor awarded posthumously to Chief Water Tender Peter Tomich for "extraordinary courage and disregard of his own safety" as USS Utah (AG-16) was sinking during the attack on Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941.
See Photo # NH 95030-KN for a view of the obverse of this medal.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 105690

Lieutenant Colonel Gregory Boyington, USMCR


Halftone reproduction of a photograph, copied from the official publication "Medal of Honor, 1861-1949, The Navy", page 161. The original photograph was taken circa October 1945, at the time he received the award.
Gregory Boyington was awarded the Medal of Honor for from 12 September 1943 to 3 January 1944 while serving as Commanding Officer of Marine Fighting Squadron Two Hundred and Fourteen. During this time, he was credited with downing 26 enemy aircraft before being captured by the enemy.

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