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Michael Joseph McNally

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Years of service  1897 – 1915
Awards  Medal of Honor
Name  Michael McNally
Rank  Sergeant Major

Born  June 29, 1860 Manhattan, New York (1860-06-29)
Allegiance  United States of America
Battles/wars  Second Samoan Civil War  • First Battle of Vailele
Died  November 2, 1916, Chesapeake Bay, United States
Place of burial  Portsmouth, Virginia, United States
Service/branch  United States Marine Corps

Battles and wars  Second Samoan Civil War

Michael Joseph McNally (June 29, 1860 – November 2, 1916) was a United States Marine Sergeant who received the Medal of Honor for actions during the Second Samoan Civil War. McNally was part of a joint British, American and Samoan expedition against Samoan rebels on Upolu, Samoa in mid-1899. He fought at the First Battle of Vailele on April 1, 1899 and was subsequently awarded the Medal of Honor along with Private Henry L. Hulbert. Both McNally's and Hulbert's citations incorrectly list them as serving in the Philippines during the time of their distinguished service though they served on USS Philadelphia (C-4), which was never dispatched to fight in the Philippine-American War.


McNally joined the Marine Corps from Mare Island, California in December 1897, and retired in January 1915. On the night of 1 and 2 November 1916, he disappeared from a Baltimore Steam Packet Company steamer; his body was recovered some three weeks later, and he was buried in Portsmouth, Virginia

Medal of Honor citation

Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: June 29, 1860, New York, N.Y. Accredited to: California. G.O. No.: 55, July 19, 1901.

For distinguished conduct in the presence of the enemy at Samoa, Philippine Islands, 1 April 1899.


McNally is sometimes erroneously referred to as Michael L. McNally.


Michael Joseph McNally Wikipedia

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