|Born||April 13, 1870|
|Died||January 5, 1935(aged 64)|
|Place of birth||Belfast, Ireland|
|Place of burial||Arlington National Cemetery|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Rank||Chief Gunner's Mate|
|Unit||USS Petrel (PG-2)|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Born in Belfast, Ireland, on April 13, 1870, Cahey immigrated to the United States and joined the U.S. Navy from New York. By March 31, 1901, he was serving as a seaman on the USS Petrel (PG-2). On that day, he helped rescue several crewmates during a fire on the ship. For these actions, he was awarded the Medal of Honor a year later, on March 22, 1902.
Cahey's official Medal of Honor citation reads:
On board the U.S.S. Petrel for heroism and gallantry, fearlessly exposing his own life to danger in saving others on the occasion of the fire on board that vessel, 31 March 1901.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Medal of Honor recipients - Interim Awards, 1901-1911". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/inter1901-11.html. Retrieved June 9, 2010.
- ↑ "Thomas Cahey (1870 - 1935)". Find a Grave. July 10, 2001. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=22917. Retrieved June 9, 2010.
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