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William Rees Rush

William Rees Rush

Medal of Honor Recipient

Medal of Honor
  • Born: 19 September 1857, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Rank: Captain
  • Organization:United States Navy
  • Accredited To: Pennsylvania
  • Other Navy Award: Distinguished Service Medal



For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Vera Cruz, 21 and 22 April 1914. In command of the naval brigade, Capt. Rush was in both days' fighting and almost continually under fire from soon after landing, about noon on the 21st, until we were in possession of the city, about noon of the 22nd. His duties required him to be at points of great danger in directing his officers and men, and he exhibited conspicuous courage, coolness and skill in his conduct of the fighting. Upon his courage and skill depended in great measure success or failure. His responsibilities were great, and he met them in a manner worthy of commendation.

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