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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...
  • James F. Sullivan (1857 - d.)
    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 James F. Sullivan, United States Navy, for gallant and heroic...
  • Albert Weisbogel, Medal of Honor (1844 - 1919)
    The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor (First Award) to Captain of the Mizzen Top Albert Weisbogel, United States Navy, ...
  • Michael Walsh (1858 - 1913)
    The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Chief Machinist Michael Walsh, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism i...

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.