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McGuire, Fred H.

McGuire, Fred H.

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Chief Pharmacist's Mate, USN, (1890-1958)

Fred Henry McGuire was born on 7 November 1890 in Gordonville, Missouri. He enlisted from that same state in the U.S. Navy and became rated as a Hospital Apprentice. On 24 September 1911, he served in a shore party from the gunboat USS Pampanga ordered to capture the Moros outlaws near the Mundang village on Basilan, Philippine Islands. Suddenly, the outlaws attacked by surprise. McGuire fired back at the enemy, and when his ammunition was depleted, he used his rifle as a weapon. Subsquently wounded in the battle, he immediately helped his dying leader and other wounded crewmembers until help arrived. For his action on this occasion, he was awarded the Medal of Honor.

In November 1939, McGuire retired from the Navy. During World War II, he was recalled to active duty and served in the Hospital Corps Division at Bureau of Medicine, Washington, D.C. In October 1945, he was again placed on the retired list. Fred H. McGuire died on 4 February 1958 and is buried at Springfield National Cemetery, Springfield, Missouri.

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