Richard Wainwright (World War I naval officer)

Infobox Military Person
name= Richard Wainwright
born= birth date|1881|9|15
died= Death date and age|1944|3|28|1881|9|15
placeofbirth= Washington, D.C.
placeofdeath= Annapolis, Maryland
placeofburial= United States Naval Academy Cemetery

caption=Richard Wainwright, future Medal of Honor recipient, shaking hands with United States President Theodore Roosevelt as Wainwright graduated from the United States Naval Academy
allegiance=flag|United States of America
serviceyears= 1903-1921
rank= Commander
commands= USS "Florida"
battles= Veracruz (1914)
awards= Medal of Honor
relations=son of Admiral Richard Wainwright
Commander Richard Wainwright (15 September 1881 – 28 March 1944) was an officer in the United States Navy during World War I who was awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during the 1914 Veracruz action.


Born in Washington, D.C., he graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1903, and served on board battleship "Louisiana" during that ship's participation in the voyage of the Great White Fleet around the world from 1907 to 1909. Wainwright was awarded the Medal of Honor for his outstanding conduct in battle while commanding a landing force from battleship "Florida" at Vera Cruz, Mexico, on 21 and 22 April 1914.

He retired from the Navy as a Commander on physical disability on 3 March 1921 and died in Annapolis, Maryland on 28 March 1944.

He is buried in the United States Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland.

Medal of Honor citation

For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Vera Cruz, 21 and 22 April 1914. Lt. Wainwright was eminent and conspicuous in command of his battalion; was in the fighting of both days, and exhibited courage and skill in leading his men through action. In seizing the customhouse, he encountered for many hours the heaviest and most pernicious concealed fire of the entire day, but his courage and coolness under trying conditions were marked.


Three ships have been named USS "Wainwright" for his father Richard, his grandfather and two cousins.

ee also

*List of Medal of Honor recipients


*cite web |url=
work=Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
publisher=Naval Historical Center, Department of the Navy

NAME= Wainwright, Richard
SHORT DESCRIPTION= United States Navy Medal of Honor recipient
DATE OF BIRTH= 15 September, 1881
PLACE OF BIRTH= Washington, D.C.
DATE OF DEATH= 28 March, 1944
PLACE OF DEATH= Annapolis, Maryland

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