WAINWRIGHT, RICHARD, JR.
Rank and organization: Lieutenant, U.S.
Navy. Born: 15 September 1881, Washington, D.C. Accredited to: District
of Columbia. G.O. No.: 177, 4 December 1915.
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 .