Patrick McGunigal, Medal of Honor recipient
|Born||May 30, 1876|
|Died||January 19, 1936(aged 59)|
|Place of birth||Hubbard, Ohio|
|Place of burial||Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, Virginia|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Unit||USS West Virginia|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
McGunigal was born in Hubbard, Ohio on May 30, 1876 and died January 19, 1936. He retired from the Navy in 1920. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, Virginia. His grave can be found in section 6, lot 8674, map grid W/21.5.
Medal of Honor citationEdit
Rank and organization: Shipfitter First Class, U.S. Navy. Born: 30 May 1876, Hubbard, Ohio. Accredited to: Ohio. G.O. No.: 341, 1917. Citation:
For extraordinary heroism while attached to the Huntington. On the morning of 17 September 1917, while the U.S.S. Huntington was passing through the war zone, a kite balloon was sent up with Lt. (j.g.) H. W. Hoyt, U.S. Navy, as observer. When the balloon was about 400 feet in the air, the temperature suddenly dropped, causing the balloon to descend about 200 feet, when it was struck by a squall. The balloon was hauled to the ship's side, but the basket trailed in the water and the pilot was submerged. McGunigal, with great daring, climbed down the side of the ship, jumped to the ropes leading to the basket, and cleared the tangle enough to get the pilot out of them. He then helped the pilot to get clear, put a bowline around him, and enabled him to be hauled to the deck. A bowline was lowered to McGunigal and he was taken safely aboard.
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
- ↑ "McGUNIGAL, PATRICK". Army of Medal of Honor website. 2009-08-03. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/worldwari.html. Retrieved 2009-08-23.
- "Patrick McGunigal". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/memorial/23236. Retrieved September 2, 2010.
- "Arlington National Cemetery". http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/pmcgunig.htm. Retrieved October 4, 2010.
- US People: Patrick McGunigal (1876-1936)
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