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James Meredith
Born (1872-04-11)April 11, 1872
Died January 18, 1915(1915-01-18) (aged 42)
Place of birth Omaha, Nebraska
Place of burial Saint Marys Cemetery Omaha, Nebraska
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1896 - 1901
Rank Sergeant
Unit U.S.S. Marblehead
Battles/wars Spanish–American War
Awards Medal of Honor

James Meredith (April 11, 1872 – January 18, 1915) was a private serving in the United States Marine Corps during the Spanish–American War who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.


Meredith was born April 11, 1872 in Omaha, Nebraska and after entering the Marine Corps in 1896 he was sent to fight in the Spanish–American War aboard the U.S.S. Marblehead as a private.[1]

After serving with the navy he legally changed his name to Patrick F. Ford, Jr. He died January 18, 1915 and is buried in Saint Marys Cemetery Omaha, Nebraska.[2]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps. (Name changed to Patrick F. Ford, Jr ) Born: 11 April 1872, Omaha, Nebr. Accredited to: Virginia. 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, Meredith displayed extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 "War with Spain; Meredith, James". Medal of Honor recipients, War With Spain. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. Retrieved July 25, 2010. 
  2. Bill Walker (June 21, 2002). "James Meredith". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved July 25, 2010. 

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