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Herbert Louis Foss
Born (1871-10-12)October 12, 1871
Died September 1, 1937(1937-09-01) (aged 65)
Place of birth Belfast, Maine
Place of death Hingham, Massachusetts
Place of burial Fort Hill Cemetery Hingham, Massachusetts
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Seaman
Battles/wars Spanish-American War
Awards Medal of Honor

Herbert Louis Foss (October 12, 1871, Belfast, Maine – September 1, 1937 Hingham, Massachusetts) was a United States Navy Seaman who received the Medal of Honor for actions during the Spanish-American War.

Spanish American WarEdit

Foss joined in the United States Navy in January, 1897. He served as a seaman on the light cruiser USS Marblehead. On May 11, 1898, during combat off the northwest coast of Cuba, the crew of the USS Marblehead pulled the main communications cable over the bow of their boat. Despite being under heavy fire, they severed the cable. Foss finished the job with a hacksaw. The crew suffered many casualties, however they accomplished their mission of disrupting communications between Cuba and Spain.[1]

Post warEdit

After the war Foss moved to Hingham, Massachusetts and found work at an ammunition depot. He became the superintendent of the Fort Hill Cemetery and on September 1, 1937, while working at the cemetery, Foss died of heart problems.[2] He was buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery Hingham, Massachusetts.

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and Organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 12 October 1871, Belfast, Maine. Accredited To: Maine. G.O. No.: 521, 7 July 1899.


On board the U.S.S. Marblehead during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Foss set an example of extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.[3]

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