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John Phillip Riley
Born (1877-01-22)January 22, 1877
Died November 16, 1950(1950-11-16) (aged 73)
Place of birth Allentown, Pennsylvania
Place of death Salem, Massachusetts
Place of burial Greenlawn Cemetery Salem, Massachusetts
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Landsman
Unit U.S.S. Nashville
Battles/wars Spanish–American War
Awards Medal of Honor

John Phillip Riley or Rilley (January 22, 1877- November 16, 1950) was a landsman serving in the United States Navy during the Spanish–American War who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.


Rilley was born January 22, 1877 in Allentown, Pennsylvania and after entering the navy was sent to fight in the Spanish–American War aboard the U.S.S. Nashville as a landsman.[1]

He died on November 16, 1950 and is buried in Greenlawn Cemetery Salem, Massachusetts.[2]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Landsman, U.S. Navy. Born: 22 January 1877, Allentown, Pa. Accredited to: Massachusetts. G.O. No.: 521, July 1899.


On board the U.S.S. Nashville during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Rilley displayed extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 "War with Spain; Rilley, John Phillip entry". Medal of Honor recipients. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. Retrieved July 13, 2010. 
  2. "John Phillip Rilley". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved July 13, 2010. 

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