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Commander Richard Wainwright, Jr., USN, (Retired), (1881-1944)

Richard Wainwright Jr. was born on 15 September 1881 in Washington, D.C. Appointed "at large" from the District of Columbia to the U.S. Naval Academy, he graduated in May 1902. For his two-year required Midshipman sea duty, he served on board USS Indiana and USS Chauncey, where he was commissioned an Ensign in May 1904. After a period of sick leave in December 1905, he returned to sea on board USS Texas then transferred to USS Louisiana.

Remaining at sea, Wainwright received orders to USS Connecticut and participated in the World Cruise with the Great White Fleet. In May 1907, he was promoted to Lieutenant. In October 1909, he reported to the Washington Navy Yard at Washington, D.C.. In September 1911, he was assigned to USS Florida and later participated in the intervention at Vera Cruz, Mexico. On 21-22 April 1914, while under heavy concealed gun fire by the enemy, he courageously and coolly led his battalion while seizing and maintaining control of the customhouse. For his "distinguished conduct in battle" on this occasion, he was awarded the Medal of Honor.

In September 1914,Wainwright was assigned to the U.S. Naval Academy, where he remained for the rest of his active career. In April 1915, he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander. In March 1921, he retired and was placed on the retired list. During World War II, he was recalled to active duty in February 1942 and promoted to Commander. Richard Wainwright Jr. died on 28 March 1944 and is buried at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery, Annapolis, Maryland.

USS Wainwright, (CG-28), 1966-1993, was named in honor of Commander Richard Wainwright, Jr.

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Photo #: NH 52810

Ensign Richard Wainwright, USN


Photographed while on board USS Texas, circa 1905.
Note human skull on upper bookshelf.

Collection of Commander Richard Wainwright, Jr., USN, (Retired)

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Lieutenant Junior Grade Richard Wainwright, Jr., USN


View taken circa 1914 while he was on USS Florida.

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Lieutenant Junior Grade Richard Wainwright, Jr., USN


View taken circa 1914 while he was the Gunnery Officer on board USS Florida.

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Lieutenant Richard Wainwright, Jr., USN


He received the Medal of Honor during the intervention at Vera Cruz, Mexico on 21-22 April 1914.
Photograph by Pack Brothers of New York City, New York.

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Captain Richard Wainwright, USN,
and
Lieutenant Richard Wainwright, Jr., USN

Father and Son, circa 1914.

Collection of Commander Richard Wainwright, Jr., USN, (Retired).

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USS Chauncey
(Destroyer # 3)

Ship's officers, circa late 1903 or early 1904, at the time of her voyage from the U.S. East Coast to the Philippines. They are (from left to right):
Passed Assistant Surgeon Fred M. Bogan, USN;
Midshipman Richard Wainwright, Jr., USN;
Lieutenant Stanford E. Moses, USN, Commanding Officer; and
Ensign Samuel B. Thomas, USN

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Lieutenant Richard Wainwright, Jr., USN


Pictured ashore in civilian clothes while serving on USS Connecticut (BB-18) during her cruise around the world as part of the Great White Fleet, circa 1907-1909.

Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C.

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Medal of Honor citation of Lieutenant Richard Wainwright, Jr., USN (as printed in the official publication "Medal of Honor, 1861-1949, The Navy", page 102):

"For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Vera Cruz, 21 and 22 April 1914. Lieutenant Wainwright was eminent and conspicuous in command of his battalion; was in the fighting in both days, and exhibited courage and skill in leading his men through action. In seizing the customhouse, he encountered for many hours the heaviest and most pernicious concealed fire of the entire day, but his courage and coolness under trying conditions were marked."

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