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James A. Walsh
Born (1897-07-24)July 24, 1897
Died May 29, 1960(1960-05-29) (aged 62)
Place of birth New York City
Place of burial Long Island National Cemetery, Farmingdale, New York
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Lieutenant
Unit USS Florida (BB-30)
Battles/wars United States occupation of Veracruz
Awards Medal of Honor

James Aloysius Walsh (July 24, 1897 – May 29, 1960) was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his role in the occupation of Veracruz. Only 16 at the time of his actions, he was possibly the youngest recipient of the Medal in the 20th century.

A native of New York City, Walsh joined the Navy from there and by April 21, 1914, was serving as a seaman on the USS Florida (BB-30). On that day and the next, he participated in the capture of the Mexican port city of Veracruz. For his "extraordinary heroism" during the battle, he was awarded the Medal of Honor two months later, on June 15.[1]

Walsh reached the commissioned officer rank of lieutenant before leaving the Navy. He died at age 62 and was buried at Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York.[2]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

  • Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy.
  • Born: 24 July 1897 New York, N.Y.
  • Entered service at: New York, N.Y.
  • G.O. No.: 101, 15 June 1914.


On board the U.S.S. Florida; for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession during the seizure of Vera Cruz Mexico, 21 and 22 April 1914.[1]

See alsoEdit


PD-icon.svg This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
  1. 1.0 1.1 "Medal of Honor recipients - Mexican Campaign (Vera Cruz)". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. Retrieved November 2, 2009. 
  2. "James A. Walsh (Medal of Honor)". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved November 2, 2009. 

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