John Wainwright graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1900.
He retired as a U.S. Navy Rear Admiral
Awards and Citations
Awarded for actions during the Second Nicaraguan Campaign (Spring 1927)
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross to Captain John Drayton Wainwright, United States Navy, for distinguished service to the Government of the United States in a duty of responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. CLEVELAND, in Nicaraguan Waters in the Spring of 1927, Nicaragua then being in a state of insurrection. Largely through his good judgment, tact, patience and ability, good order was maintained and disarmament accomplished in districts ashore assigned to his command without friction and without bloodshed. Captain Wainwright's actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. Rank: Captain, Commanding Officer U.S.S. Cleveland
Navy Cross Awarded for actions during the World War I
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Captain John Drayton Wainwright, United States Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. TANADORES, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of transporting and escorting troops and supplies to European ports through waters infested with enemy submarines and mines during World War I. Rank: Captain, Commanding Officer U.S.S. Tanadores
Other Memories Kincaid, Earle H., Commander, USN Correspondence and ephemera, 1926-1961. Including material relating to LCDR Kincaid's duty on the China Station in the mid 1930s while he served as aide and flag secretary to the commander of the Yangtze Patrol, Rear Admiral John D. Wainwright. Certificate from "Break Water Naval Club Torokina" - Oversized, highly colorful, hand-painted certificate from Torokina Point, Bougainville, British Solomon Island, appointing Capt. Earl H. Kincaid of the US Navy to the rank of 4 Rose Admiral. Weekly Newspapers Issued by the US Naval Training Center Station, Newport, RI 1938-39