The President of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Fireman First
Class, U.S. Navy. Born: 10 May 1869, Ireland. Accredited to: New York. G.O.
No.: 503, 12 December 1898.
On board the U.S.S. Potomac during
the passage of that vessel from Cat Island to Nassau, 14 November 1898. Volunteering to
enter the fireroom which was filled with steam, Cavanaugh, after repeated attempts,
succeeded in reaching the auxiliary valve and opening it, thereby relieving the vessel
from further danger.
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