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
United States Naval Academy Cemetery
caption=Richard Wainwright, future Medal of Honor recipient, shaking hands with United States President
Theodore Rooseveltas Wainwright graduated from the United States Naval Academy
allegiance=flag|United States of America
commands= USS "Florida"
battles= Veracruz (1914)
Medal of Honor
relations=son of Admiral Richard WainwrightCommander Richard Wainwright (
15 September 1881– 28 March 1944) was an officer in the United States Navyduring World War Iwho was awarded the Medal of Honorfor actions during the 1914 Veracruz action.
Washington, D.C., he graduated from the United States Naval Academyin 1903, and served on board battleship"Louisiana" during that ship's participation in the voyage of the Great White Fleetaround the world from 1907 to 1909. Wainwright was awarded the Medal of Honorfor 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
Commanderon physical disability on 3 March 1921and died in Annapolis, Marylandon 28 March 1944.
He is buried in the
United States Naval Academy Cemeteryin 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.
List of Medal of Honor recipients
*cite web |url=http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/w1/wainwright-i.htm
work=Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
publisher=Naval Historical Center, Department of the Navy
NAME= Wainwright, Richard
United States Navy Medal of Honorrecipient
DATE OF BIRTH=
15 September, 1881
PLACE OF BIRTH=
DATE OF DEATH=
28 March, 1944
PLACE OF DEATH=
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