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Thomas Joseph Kersey
Born 1847
Died April 16, 1888 (aged 40–41)
Place of birth St. John's, Newfoundland
Place of burial Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett, Massachusetts
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Ordinary Seaman
Unit USS Plymouth
Awards Medal of Honor

Thomas Joseph Kersey (1847 – April 16, 1888) was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor.

BiographyEdit

Born in 1847 in St. John's, Newfoundland, Kersey immigrated to the United States and was living in Everett, Massachusetts, when he joined the Navy.[1][2] By July 26, 1876, he was serving as an ordinary seaman on the USS Plymouth. On that day, he rescued a crewmate from drowning at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor two weeks later, on August 9. Two other Plymouth sailors, Landsman William Corey and Seaman Charles Gidding, attempted to rescue a shipmate from drowning on the same day and also received the medal.[3]

Kersey's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

Serving on board the U.S.S. Plymouth at the Navy Yard, New York, 26 July 1876, Kersey displayed bravery and presence of mind in rescuing from drowning one of the crew of that vessel.[1]

Kersey died on April 16, 1888, at age 40 or 41 and was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.[4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Medal of Honor recipients - Interim Awards, 1871–1898". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. August 5, 2010. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/int1871-98.html. Retrieved August 12, 2010. 
  2. "Thomas Kersey". Hall of Valor. Military Times. http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=3021. Retrieved August 12, 2010. 
  3. Robeson, George M. (June 9, 1876). "General Order, No. 215". Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office. p. 150. http://books.google.com/books?id=boAtAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA150. Retrieved August 12, 2010. 
  4. "Thomas Kersey". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. December 3, 2003. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=8151079. Retrieved August 12, 2010. 

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