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Richard Hamilton Taylor
Civil War era Navy Medal of Honor
Born (1870-09-08)September 8, 1870
Died March 24, 1956(1956-03-24) (aged 85)
Place of birth Staunton, Virginia
Place of burial Evergreen Cemetery Brighton, Massachusetts
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Quartermaster
Unit USS Nipsic (1863)
Awards Medal of Honor

Richard Hamilton Taylor (September 8, 1870 – March 24, 1956) was a quartermaster serving in the United States Navy who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.

Taylor was born in Staunton, Virginia and later joined the navy. He was stationed aboard the USS Nipsic (1863) as a quartermaster when, on March 16, 1889 a hurricane overwhelmed the ship while it was moored in Apia, Samoa. For his actions received the Medal of Honor March 20, 1905.[1][2]

He is buried in Evergreen Cemetery Brighton, Massachusetts.[3] His grave can be found in the Pine Grove section, grave 821.[3]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Quartermaster, U.S. Navy. Born: 1871, Virginia. Accredited to: Virginia. G.O. No.: 157, 20 April 1904.


Serving on board the U.S.S. Nipsic, Taylor displayed gallantry during the hurricane at Apia, Samoa, 16 March 1889.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Interim Awards, 1901-1911; Taylor, Richard H. entry". Medal of Honor recipients. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. Retrieved October 2, 2010. 
  2. "Nipsic". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Navy Department, Naval History & Heritage Command. April 29, 2005. Retrieved October 1, 2010. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Don Morfe (December 02, 2003). "Richard H. Taylor". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved October 2, 2010. 

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