|Place of birth||Hawaii|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Unit||USS Kansas (1863)|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
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.
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.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Interim Awards, 1871-98; Smith, James entry". Medal of Honor recipients. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/int1871-98.html. Retrieved October 6, 2010.
- ↑ "Kansas". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Navy Department, Naval History & Heritage Command. http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/k1/kansas-i.htm. Retrieved October 6, 2010.
- "James Smith (Medal of Honor, 1872)". Hall of Valor. Military Times. http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=3946. Retrieved October 6, 2010.
- Crosman, Alexander F.; Hatfield, Chester; Lull, Edward Phelps (1874). Reports of explorations and surveys for the location of a ship-canal between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, through Nicaragua. 1872-'73. Government Printing Office, United States Navy. pp. 10–11. http://books.google.com/books?id=in0hAAAAMAAJ&source=gbs_navlinks_s. Retrieved October 9, 2010.
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