Engagements: • Boxer Rebellion (1899 - 1901)• Occupation of Veracruz (1914)
Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy
Medal of Honor Recipient
Occupation of Veracruz
Lieutenant Commander John McCloy was a sailor, and later an officer, in the U.S. Navy who twice received the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his heroic actions. His first Medal of Honor was awarded for actions with the relief expedition of the Allied Forces in China in the Boxer Rebellion in June 1900; the second award of the Medal was for his action during the Occupation of Veracruz in 1914. He is one of only 19 individuals to receive the Medal of Honor twice.
John McCloy was born on 3 January 1876 in Brewsters, NY. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on 7 March 1898. He was warranted as a Boatswain on 30 July 1903 and commissioned as an Ensign on 1 July 1917.
Medal of Honor
1st Award, Boxer Rebellion
Rank and organization: Coxswain, U.S. Navy.
Citation: In action with the relief expedition of the Allied forces in China, 13, 20, 21, and 22 June 1900. During this period and in the presence of the enemy, Coxswain McCloy distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.
2nd Award, Occupation of Veracruz
Rank and organization: Chief Boatswain, U.S. Navy.
Citation: For heroism in leading 3 picket launches along Vera Cruz sea front, drawing Mexican fire and enabling cruisers to save our men on shore, 22 April 1914. Though wounded, he gallantly remained at his post.
Immediately after World War I, he commanded minesweeper USS Curlew (AM-8) clearing the mines of the North Sea mine barrage. For this work he was awarded the Navy Cross. He retired from active duty as a Lieutenant on 15 October 1928, and was promoted in retirement to Lieutenant Commander on 23 February 1942.
McCloy was active in both the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He was a founding member of American Legion Post No. 1 in Leonia, NJ, the first American Legion post in the state.
Medals and Awards
Medal of Honor - Boxer Rebellion
USS McCloy (DE-1038), a Bronstein-class destroyer escort, is named in his honor.
Death and Burial
Lieutenant Commander John McCloy died of an apparent heart attack on 25 May 1945 in his home in Leonia, NJ. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA, in Section 8, Lot 5246.
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