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Michael Gibbons
Born (1866-11-15)November 15, 1866
Died 1932 (aged 65–66)
Place of birth Ireland
Place of burial Woodlawn Cemetery Bronx, New York
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Oiler
Unit U.S.S. Nashville
Battles/wars Spanish–American War
Awards Medal of Honor

Michael Gibbons (November 15, 1866 – 1932) was an oiler serving in the United States Navy during the Spanish–American War who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.


Gibbons was born on November 15, 1866 in Ireland and after immigrating to the United States he entered the navy. He was sent to fight in the Spanish–American War aboard the U.S.S. Nashville as an oiler. After being discharged from the navy he lived for a while in Portsmouth, Virginia and after living in the US for 35 years he returned to Ireland.[1]

He died at his home in Ireland in 1932 and until 1999, was buried in an unmarked grave in Old Kilmeena Cemetery Kilmeena, Ireland.[2]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Oiler, U.S. Navy. Born: Ireland. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 521, 7 July 1899.


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

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Medal of Honor recipients". War With Spain: Gibbons, Michael entry. United States Army Center of Military History. Retrieved July 5, 2010. 
  2. "Michael Gibbons (Medal of Honor)". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved July 6, 2010. 

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