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Richard Pile
Born 1849
Place of birth Barbados, West Indies
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Ordinary Seaman
Unit USS Kansas (1863)
Awards Medal of Honor

Richard Pile (born 1849) was an ordinary seaman serving in the United States Navy who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.


Pile was born in 1849 on Barbados and after immigrating to the United States he joined the navy. He was stationed aboard the USS Kansas (1863) as an ordinary seaman when, on April 12, 1872 several members of the crew were drowning. For his actions received the Medal of Honor March 20, 1905.[1][2]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Ordinary Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1849, West Indies. Accredited to: Massachusetts. G.O. No.: 176, 9 July 1872.


Serving on board the U.S.S. Kansas, Pile displayed great coolness and self-possession at the time Comdr. A. F. Crosman and others were drowned, near Greytown, Nicaragua, 12 April 1872, and by his extraordinary heroism and personal exertion prevented greater loss of[1]

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