Cienfuegos Cable Cutting

Fifty-two Medals of Honor were awarded for action near Cienfuegos, Cuba on May 11th.  All of the citations read simply: "During the cutting of the cable leading from Cienfuegos...Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, he set an example throughout this action."

The simplicity of these citations can not detract from the extreme heroism displayed by detachments of Navy Bluejackets and Marines from the USS Marblehead and USS Nashville.  Making their way towards the shoreline in small launches from their respective ships, directly under the guns and heavy enemy fire, the brave men dredged up and cut the important underwater cables that linked the military forces at Cienfuegos with  it commanders and the rest of the world.

Twenty-six men from each of the two warships that participated in the heroic mission, were awarded Medals of Honor for their intrepid actions.
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  U.S.S. Marblehead 

 James Harvey Bennett
Chief Boatswain's Mate, U.S. Navy

Born:  Apr 05, 1851 at Haverstraw, NY
Entered Service:    New York, NY
Date/Place of Action:  May 11, 1898 - Cienfuegos, Cuba
Unit:  U.S.S. Marblehead
Presentation:  Presented on Jul 07, 1899 - G.O. 521
Date of Death:   Unknown
Buried at:   Unknown

Daniel J. Campbell
Private, U.S. Marine Corps

Born:   Dec 26, 1874 at Prince Edward Island, Canada
Entered Service:   Boston, MA
Date/Place of Action:  May 11, 1898 - Cienfuegos, Cuba
Unit:   U.S.S. Marblehead
Presentation:  Presented on Jul 07, 1899 - G.O. 521
Date of Death:  Apr 28, 1955
Buried at:   Mount Hope Cemetery - Mattapan, MA

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