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Thomas C. Cooney
Born (1853-07-18)July 18, 1853
Died January 8, 1907(1907-01-08) (aged 53)
Place of birth Westport, Nova Scotia
Place of burial United States Naval Academy Cemetery, Annapolis, Maryland
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Chief Machinist
Unit USS Winslow
Battles/wars Spanish–American War
Awards Medal of Honor

Thomas Calvin Cooney (July 18, 1853- January 8, 1907) was an American sailor serving in the United States Navy during the Spanish–American War who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.


Cooney was born July 18, 1853 in Westport, Nova Scotia, and after entering the navy he was sent as a Chief Machinist to fight in the Spanish–American War aboard the U.S. Torpedo Boat Winslow.[1]

He died January 8, 1907 and is buried in United States Naval Academy Cemetery, Annapolis, Maryland. His grave can be found in lot 254.[2]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Chief Machinist, U.S. Navy. Born: 18 July 1853, Westport, Nova Scotia. Accredited to: New Jersey. G.O. No.: 497, 3 September 1898.


On board the U.S. Torpedo Boat Winslow during the action at Cardenas, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Following the piercing of the boiler by an enemy shell, Cooney, by his gallantry and promptness in extinguishing the resulting flames, saved the boiler tubes from burning out.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 "COONEY, THOMAS C.". Medal of Honor recipients, War With Spain. United States Army Center of Military History. Retrieved July 3, 2010. 
  2. "Thomas C. Cooney". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved July 3, 2010. 

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