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First Name: Philip

Last Name: Gaughan

Birthplace: Belmullet, IRL

Gender: Male

Branch: Marines (present)

Home of Record: PA

Date of Birth: 17 March 1865

Date of Death: 31 December 1913

Rank: First Sergeant

Years Served: 1887 - 1913
Philip Gaughan

•  Spanish-American War (1898)


Philip Gaughan

First Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps

Medal of Honor Recipient

Spanish-American War

First Sergeant Philip Gaughan (17 March 1865 - 31 December 1913) was a U.S. Marine who received the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his heroic actions during the Spanish-American War.

Philip Gaughan was born 17 March 1865 in Belmullet, Ireland. After entering the U.S. Marine Corps in 1887, he was sent to fight in the Spanish-American War aboard the USS Nashville.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Sergeant, U .S. Marine Corps

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Nashville during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Gaughan set an example of extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.

Death and Burial

First Sergeant Philip Gaughan died on 31 December 1913. He is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon, PA, in Section 54, Range 12, Lot 42.

Honoree ID: 1886   Created by: MHOH




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