Wainwright Jr., Richard, CDR

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Last Rank
Commander
Primary Unit
1912-1914, USS Florida (BB-30)
Service Years
1903 - 1921
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Commander

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Home State
District Of Columbia
Year of Birth
1881
 
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Last Address
Annapolis, MD

Date of Passing
Mar 28, 1944
 
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His grandfathers profile: Wainwright, Richard, CDR

His fathers profile: Wainwright, Richard (XO USS Maine (ACR-1)), RADM 

 

   
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US Occupation of Veracruz
Start Year
1914
End Year
1914

Description
incident came in the midst of poor diplomatic relations between Mexico and the United States, related to the ongoing Mexican Revolution.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1914
To Year
1914
 
Last Updated:
Dec 25, 2008
   
Personal Memories

Memories
In an effort to force out General Victoriano Huerta, who had seized the presidency of Mexico in a bloody coup d' etat, President Woodrow Wilson sent three Navy vessels to Vera Cruz under the command of Rear Admiral Frank Friday Fletcher. On the morning of April 21 nearly 1,500 American combat troops were put ashore, and that night another 1,500 reinforcements landed. By noon on April 22nd the American forces had taken control of the city. In the two day action Fletcher lost 17 men killed, 63 wounded. The Mexicans had nearly 800 dead or wounded. Lieutenant Richard Wainwright was one of 55 men awarded the Medal of Honor for this action, and was cited as commander of a battalion of the ground forces for "courage and skill in leading his men through action on the second day of the campaign. During the battle to seize the important Custom House he "encountered for many hours the heaviest and most pernicious concealed fire of the entire day."
The men who landed at Vera Cruz on April 21 - 22 accomplished their mission in two days, and returned to their vessels within the same week

   
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  79 Also There at This Battle:
 
  • Dickins, Curtis Hoyt, CAPT, (1898-1929)
  • Rush, William Rees, CAPT, (1877-1919)
  • Twining, Nathan Crook, RADM, (1889-1923)
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