|Place of birth||Bangor, Maine|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Born in 1853 in Bangor, Maine, Gidding joined the Navy from that state. By July 26, 1876, he was serving as a seaman on the USS Plymouth. On that day, while Plymouth was at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Gidding and another sailor, Landsman William Corey, attempted to rescue a crewmate who had fallen from the ship's rigging into the water. For this action, both men were awarded the Medal of Honor two weeks later, on August 9. Another of Plymouth's crew, Seaman Thomas Kersey, rescued a shipmate from drowning on the same day and also received the medal.
Gidding's official Medal of Honor citation reads:
Serving on board the U.S.S. Plymouth, Gidding showed heroic conduct in trying to save the life of one of the crew of that ship, who had fallen overboard from aloft at the Navy Yard, New York, 26 July 1876.
Nothing is known of him after he deserted from the Navy in September 1876.
- "Medal of Honor recipients - Interim Awards, 1871–1898". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. August 5, 2010. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/int1871-98.html. Retrieved August 12, 2010.
- Robeson, George M. (June 9, 1876). "General Order, No. 215". Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office. p. 150. http://books.google.com/books?id=boAtAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA150. Retrieved August 12, 2010.
- "Charles Gidding". Military Times. http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=338. Retrieved August 12, 2010.
- Don Morfe (April 02, 2010). "Charles Gidding". Claim to fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/memorial/50561669. Retrieved August 12, 2010.
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