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Paul St. Clair Murphy
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Paul St. Clair Murphy
Born (1850-07-07)July 7, 1850
Died November 9, 1931(1931-11-09) (aged 81)
Place of birth New York City, New York
Place of death Brooklyn, New York
Place of burial Evergreen Cemetery Brooklyn, New York
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1873 - 1910, 1917 - 1920
Rank Colonel
Battles/wars Spanish-American War
World War I
Awards Marine Corps Brevet Medal

Paul St. Clair Murphy (July 7, 1850—November 9, 1931) was an American officer serving in the United States Marine Corps during the Spanish-American War. He was one of 23 men to be awarded the Marine Corps Brevet Medal


Murphy was born July 7, 1850 in New York City, New York.

He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1873 and fought in several wars including the Spanish-American War and World War I. In 1893 he commanded the Marine Detachment that guarded the exhibits for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. The Naval exhibit contained items that were loaned by the United States Department of State and other foreign governments for display.

In 1894 Commandant of the Marine Corps Colonel Heywood appointed Captain Murphy to lead the Marine Corps School of Application. Murphy started this assignment March 8, 1894 and on May 3, 1894 the school graduated its third class of officers and second class of noncommissioned officers.

On October 10, 1910 he retired as a Colonel on his own request, but returned to active duty from April 1917 to June 1920 during World War I.

He died November 9, 1931 in Brooklyn, New York and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery Brooklyn, New York.

Marine Corps Brevet Medal citationEdit

Secretary of the Navy citationEdit


The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in transmitting to Captain Paul St. Clair Murphy, United States Marine Corps, the Brevet Medal which is awarded in accordance with Marine Corps Order No. 26 (1921), for gallant service as Fleet Marine Officer, North Atlantic Fleet, in the naval battle of Santiago, Cuba, on 3 July 1898. On 10 August 1898, Captain Murphy is appointed Major, by brevet, to rank from 3 July 1898.[1]


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