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b. 1852 Providence, Rhode Island. d. ?

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 20/11/1883 Marseille, France.

 

Born in 1852 in Providence, Rhode Island, Gillick joined the Navy from that state. By November 20, 1883, he was serving as a boatswain's mate on the USS Lancaster. On that day, while Lancaster was at Marseille, France, a boy fell into the water from a breakwater near the ship. Gillick and another sailor, Ordinary Seaman Apprentice John F. Auer, jumped overboard and rescued him. For this action, both Gillick and Auer were awarded the Medal of Honor a year later, on October 18, 1884.

 

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Serving on board the U.S.S. Lancaster at Marseille, France, 20 November 1883. Jumping overboard from the Lancaster, Gillick rescued from drowning a French lad who had fallen into the sea from a stone pier astern of the ship

 

BURIAL LOCATION: UNKNOWN.

 

 

Matthew Gillick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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