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James Smith
Born 1838
Place of birth Hawaii
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Seaman
Unit USS Kansas (1863)
Awards Medal of Honor

James Smith (born 1838) was a seaman serving in the United States Navy who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.


Smith was born in 1838 in the Kingdom of Hawaii before it became part of the United States and after immigrating to the United States he joined the navy. He was stationed aboard the USS Kansas as a seaman when, on April 12, 1872, several members of the crew including the ship's captain were drowning near Greytown, Nicaragua. For his actions received the Medal of Honor July 9, 1872.[1][2]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1838, Hawaiian Islands. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 176, 9 July 1872.


Serving on board the U.S.S. Kansas, Smith displayed great coolness and self-possession at the time Comdr. A. F. Crosman and others were drowned near Greytown, Nicaragua, 12 April 1872, and by extraordinary heroism and personal exertion, prevented greater loss of life.[1]

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