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Corporal Edward Sullivan
Born (1870-05-16)May 16, 1870
Died March 11, 1955(1955-03-11) (aged 84)
Place of birth Cork, Ireland Republic of Ireland
Place of death Uxbridge, Massachusetts Massachusetts
Allegiance United States of America United States
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1896 - 1901
Rank Corporal
Battles/wars Cienfuegos, Cuba
Awards Medal of Honor

Corporal Edward Sullivan of the. United States Marine Corps was born May 16, 1870, in Cork, County Cork, Ireland. He died March 11, 1955, at Uxbridge, Massachusetts, USA

Sullivan was born in 1870 in Cork, Ireland, and died in 1955 in Uxbridge. He was a hero of the Spanish American War. He was awarded the nation's top honor, the Medal of Honor, for heroism in this war of 1898. Uxbridge, Massachusetts has proud connections to the military history of America. Uniforms for the U.S. military were manufactured in Uxbridge for more than 100 years.

Significance in U.S. historyEdit

Edward Sullivan entered the United States Marine Corps from Massachusetts, and served in the Spanish American War. He was a Spanish-American War Medal of Honor recipient, for heroism on May 11, 1898 at Cienfuegos, Cuba. He served as a Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps. His citation reads "On board the USS Marblehead during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, May 11, 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Sullivan displayed extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action." (Bio by: Don Morfe) Prospect Hill Cemetery, Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA. Corporal Sullivan died in Uxbridge at the age of 84 on March 11, 1955.

Here is an excerpt from Home of Heroes website. "Edward Sullivan was one of 52 sailors and Marines cited for bravery and coolness in the face of enemy fire during the cutting of cables at Cienfuegos, Cuba on May 11, 1898. The mission was a daring operation to cut undersea cables linking the Spanish fortifications at Cienfuegos with the rest of the world. Destruction of the cables was ordered to disrupt communications. In two boats, sailors from the USS Nashville (PG-7) and the USS Marblehead (C-11) were joined by a Marine guard as they moved within 15 feet of the enemy shore, under fire from the hidden enemy, to dredge up and cut two such cables. During the 80 minute operation, the cable cutting party was under constant enemy fire from a short range, while they coolly dredged the cables across the bow of their boats, then cut through them with hacksaws. When a cable was severed, the seaward end was transported back to the USS Marblehead, which then moved further from shore to drop the ends in deeper water and make repair impossible. So intense was the enemy presence, and so daring the American support, Captain Maynard of the Nashville was wounded in the action. With great courage, the mission was accomplished." [1] Edward Sullivan entered the Service in the U.S. Marine Corps from Massachusetts.


Died: March 11, 1955 at the age of 84 in Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

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