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Thomas Cavanaugh
Born (1869-05-10)May 10, 1869
Place of birth Ireland
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Fireman First Class
Unit U.S.S. Potomac
Battles/wars Spanish–American War
Awards Medal of Honor

Thomas Cavanaugh (born May 10, 1869) was an American sailor serving in the United States Navy during the Spanish–American War who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.


Cavanaugh was born May 10, 1869 in Ireland, and after entering the navy he was sent as a Fireman First Class to fight in the Spanish–American War aboard the USS Potomac.[1]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Fireman First Class, U.S. Navy. Born: 10 May 1869, Ireland. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 503, 12 December 1898.


On board the U.S.S. Potomac during the passage of that vessel from Cat Island to Nassau, 14 November 1898. Volunteering to enter the fireroom which was filled with steam, Cavanaugh, after repeated attempts, succeeded in reaching the auxiliary valve and opening it, thereby relieving the vessel from further danger.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 "CAVANAUGH, THOMAS". Medal of Honor recipients, War With Spain. United States Army Center of Military History. Retrieved July 3, 2010. 

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