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Philip Gaughan
Born (1865-03-17)March 17, 1865
Died April 28, 1940(1940-04-28) (aged 75)
Place of birth Belmullet, Ireland
Place of burial Holy Cross Cemetery Yeadon, Pennsylvania
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1887 - 1913
Rank First Sergeant
Unit U.S.S. Nashville
Battles/wars Spanish–American War
Awards Medal of Honor

Philip Gaughan (March 17, 1865 – December 31, 1913) was a sergeant serving in the United States Marine Corps during the Spanish–American War who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.


Gaughan was born March 17, 1865 in Belmullet, County Mayo, Ireland and after entering the Marine Corps in 1887 he was sent to fight in the Spanish–American War aboard the U.S.S. Nashville as a sergeant.[1]

He died December 31, 1913 and is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery Yeadon, Pennsylvania.[2] His grave can be found in the section 54, range 12, lot 42.[2]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Sergeant, U .S. Marine Corps. Born: 17 March 1865, Belmullet, Ireland. Accredited to: Pennsylvania. G.O. No.: 521, 7 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, Gaughan set an example of extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 "War with Spain; Gaughan, Philip". Medal of Honor recipients, War With Spain. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. Retrieved July 25, 2010. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Philip Gaughan". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved July 25, 2010. 

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