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Hermann W. Kuchmeister
Born (1877-10-16)October 16, 1877
Died February 1, 1923(1923-02-01) (aged 45)
Place of birth Hamburg, Germany
Place of burial Winthrop Cemetery Winthrop, Massachusetts
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1897 - 1900
Rank Corporal
Unit U.S.S. Marblehead
Battles/wars Spanish–American War
Awards Medal of Honor

Hermann William Kuchmeister (October 16, 1877 – February 1, 1923) was a private serving in the United States Marine Corps during the Spanish–American War who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.


Kuchneister was born on October 16, 1877 in Hamburg, Germany and after entering the Marine Corps in 1897 was sent to fight in the Spanish–American War as a private aboard the USS Marblehead (1861).[1]

He died February 1, 1923, and was buried in Winthrop Cemetery in Winthrop, Massachusetts.[2]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: Hamburg, Germany. Accredited to: New York. 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 ;he heavy fire of the enemy, Kuchmeister displayed extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 "War with Spain; Kuchmeister, Hermann William entry". Medal of Honor recipients. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. Retrieved July 20, 2010. 
  2. "Hermann Wilhelm Kuchneister". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved July 20, 2010. 

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