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Richard Wainwright, III

Also Known As: "wainright"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Death: Died in Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States
Place of Burial: Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Admiral Richard Wainright, Jr. (USN) and Evelyn Wainright
Husband of <private> Wainwright (Blech)
Father of <private> Wainwright; <private> Bodman (Wainwright) and <private> Wainwright

Occupation: US Navy
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About Commander Richard Wainright III (USN), Medal of Honor

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Wainwright_(World_War_I_naval_officer)

Commander Richard Wainwright (September 15, 1881 – March 28, 1944) was an officer in the United States Navy during World War I who received the Medal of Honor for actions during the 1914 Veracruz action.

Biography

Born in Washington, D.C., the son of Evelyn Wotherspoon and Richard Wainwright. He was the grandson of the son of Sarah Franklin Bache and Richard Wainwright. He was the great-grandson of Richard Bache, Jr., who served in the Republic of Texas Navy and was elected as a Representative to the Second Texas Legislature in 1847 and Sophia Burrell Dallas, the daughter of Arabella Maria Smith and Alexander J. Dallas an American statesman who served as the U.S. Treasury Secretary under President James Madison. He was also great-great-grandson of Sarah Franklin Bache and Richard Bache, and more notably he was the great-great-great-grandson of Benjamin Franklin as well as a nephew of George Mifflin Dallas, the 11th Vice President of the United States, serving under James K. Polk.

His uncle was Admiral Seaton Schroeder.

He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1903, and served on board battleship USS Louisiana (BB-19) during that ship's participation in the voyage of the Great White Fleet around the world from 1907 to 1909. Wainwright received the Medal of Honor for his outstanding conduct in battle while commanding a landing force from battleship USS Florida (BB-30) at Vera Cruz, Mexico, on 21 and April 22, 1914.

He retired from the Navy as a Commander on physical disability on March 3, 1921 and died in Annapolis, Maryland on March 28, 1944.

He is buried in the United States Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland.

Medal of Honor citation

For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Vera Cruz, 21 and 22 April 1914. Lt. Wainwright was eminent and conspicuous in command of his battalion; was in the fighting of both days, and exhibited courage and skill in leading his men through action. In seizing the customhouse, he encountered for many hours the heaviest and most pernicious concealed fire of the entire day, but his courage and coolness under trying conditions were marked.

Namesakes

Three ships have been named USS Wainwright for his father Richard, his grandfather and two cousins.

  • List of Medal of Honor recipients (Veracruz)

References

  • This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Wainwright_%28Medal_of_Honor%29

Commander Richard Wainwright, Jr. (September 15, 1881 – March 28, 1944), was an officer in the United States Navy during World War I who received the Medal of Honor for actions during the 1914 Veracruz action.


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1930 US Census

Name: Richard Wainwright

Birth Year: abt 1882

Gender: Male

Race: White

Birthplace: District of Columbia

Marital Status: Married

Relation to Head of House: Head

Home in 1930: Leesburg, Loudoun, Virginia

Map of Home:

Dwelling Number: 280

Family Number: 292

Home Owned or Rented: Owned

Home Value: 15000

Radio Set: Yes

Lives on Farm: Yes

Age at First Marriage: 30

Attended School: No

Able to Read and Write: Yes

Father's Birthplace: District of Columbia

Mother's Birthplace: District of Columbia

Able to Speak English: Yes

Occupation: Retired Naval officer

Industry: U. S. Navy

Class of Worker: Wage or salary worker

Employment: Yes

Veteran: Yes

War: SP Mex WW

Neighbors:

Household Members:

Name Age

Richard Wainwright  48 Head
Alice S Blech Wainwright  47 Wife
Francis S Wainwright  15 Daughter
Paul E B Wainwright  13 Son
Annie Middleton S Blech  82 Mother-in-law

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1940 United States Federal Census

Enumerated: April 16 - 19, 1940

Name: Richard Wainwright

Age: 59

Estimated Birth Year: abt 1881

Gender: Male

Race: White

Birthplace: District of Columbia

Marital Status: Married

Relation to Head of House: Head

Home in 1940: Wardour, Annapolis, Anne Arundel, Maryland

Map of Home in 1940: View Map

Farm: No

Inferred Residence in 1935: Leesburg, Loudoun, Virginia

Residence in 1935: Leesburg, Loudoun, Virginia

Resident on farm in 1935: No

Sheet Number: 10B

Number of Household in Order of Visitation: 204

House Owned or Rented: Owned

Value of Home or Monthly Rental if Rented: 13000

Attended School or College: No

Highest Grade Completed: College, 4th year

Weeks Worked in 1939: 0

Income: 0

Income Other Sources: Yes

Neighbors: Mary (mother), J. Aubrey (son, dentist), and James J. (son, lawyer) Lee previously from Maryland. William (Head. Asst. prof. at US Naval Academy), Lucille (wife), William Jr.(son), Elizabeth (daughter), and Laura (daughter) Sewall.

Household Members: Name Age

Richard Wainwright 59 Head Male White Married Did not attend school/college during the past year. Highest grade completed: 4th year of college. Not working at this time with income from other source (most likely retired and pension).

Alice S B Wainwright 58 Wife Female White Married Not attending school/college in the past year. Highest grade completed: 4th year high school. Born in Germany. Not employed except for keeping house.

Frances S Wainwright 26 Female White Single Not attending school/college in the past year. Highest grade completed: 4th year college. Born in Washington, D. C. Working at the Y.M.C.A. as a secretary for 40 hours per week.

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Frances Bodman

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Commander Richard Wainright III (USN), Medal of Honor's Timeline

1881
September 15, 1881
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
1944
March 28, 1944
Age 62
Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States
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Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States