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Thomas Mitchell
Born 1857
Died July 18, 1942 (aged 84–85)
Place of birth New York City
Place of burial Long Island National Cemetery, Suffolk County, New York
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Landsman
Unit USS Richmond
Awards Medal of Honor

Thomas Mitchell (1857 – July 18, 1942) was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor.

Born in 1857 in New York, New York, Mitchell joined the Navy from that state. By November 17, 1879, he was serving as a landsman on the USS Richmond at Shanghai, China. On that day, he rescued a shipmate, First Class Boy M. F. Caulan, from drowning. For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor five years later, on October 18, 1884.[1]

Mitchell's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

Serving on board the U.S.S. Richmond, Mitchell rescued from drowning, M. F. Caulan, first class boy, serving with him on the same vessel, at Shanghai, China, 17 November 1879.[1]

Mitchell left the Navy while still a landsman. He died on July 18, 1942, at age 84 or 85 and was buried at Long Island National Cemetery in Suffolk County, New York.[2]

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  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. Retrieved August 27, 2010. 
  2. "Thomas Mitchell". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. June 21, 2000. Retrieved August 27, 2010. 

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