Medal of Honor


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Feb 27, 2015
Yesterday I heard Chief Richardson mention in his speech how the department had two members awarded the Medal of Honor. I know of FF James Smith from R*1 who was awarded the Medal in 1903 for his actions during the Boxer Rebellion, but am unaware of the second member. Does anyone have an idea as to who it was?


Aug 8, 2009

James A. Smith (Medal of Honor)​

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James Aloysius Smith
BornSeptember 2, 1880
New York
DiedNovember 9, 1944 (aged 64)
New York
Allegiance23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States of America
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Battles/warsBoxer Rebellion
AwardsMedal of Honor

James Aloysius Smith (September 2, 1880 – November 9, 1944) was an American sailor serving in the United States Navy during the Boxer Rebellion who received the Medal of Honor for bravery. He was later a decorated member of the New York City Fire Department, and an early member of Rescue 1.

Early life​

Smith was born September 2, 1880 in New York, and after entering the navy he was sent as a landsman to China to fight in the Boxer Rebellion.

Later life​

After serving in the navy, Smith became a fireman with Rescue 1 of the New York City Fire Department and earned a commendation for his participation in the fire and rescue efforts aboard the USS 0-5 in the Brooklyn Navy Yard on October 6, 1918.[1]

Medal of Honor citation​

Rank and organization: Landsman, U.S. Navy. Born: 2 September 1880, New York. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901.
In action with the relief expedition of the Allied forces in China during the battles of 13, 20, 21, and 22 June 1900. Throughout this period and in the presence of the enemy, Smith distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.