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Medal of Honor recipients during peacetime

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  • Thomas Smith (1856 - d.)
    The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Seaman Thomas Smith, United States Navy, for gallant and heroic conduct in res...
  • Wilhelm Smith (1870 - 1925)
    The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Gunner's Mate First Class Wilhelm Smith, United States Navy, for extraordinary...
  • William Ahern (1861 - d.)
    Find a Grave Birth: 1861, Ireland Death: unknown Peacetime Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He entered the US Navy at New York. He served as a Watertender. His citation reads "On board t...
  • Louis Frederic Pfeifer (1876 - d.)
    The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Private Louis Fred Pfeifer, United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary hero...
  • Alexander Peters (1869 - 1951)
    The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Boatswain's Mate First Class Alexander Peters, United States Navy, for heroism...

Prior to World War II, the Medal of Honor could be awarded for actions not involving direct combat with the enemy; 193 men earned the medal in this way. Most of the peacetime medals were awarded to members of the United States Navy for their actions during boiler explosions, man-overboard incidents, and other hazards of naval service.


Given in the list below are the place and date of each recipient's Medal of Honor action, as well as their rank at the time of the action. A posthumous award is denoted by an asterisk after the recipient's name.