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Samuel S. Triplett
Samuel Triplett
Born (1869-12-18)December 18, 1869
Died August 26, 1957(1957-08-26) (aged 87)
Place of birth Cherokee, Kansas
Place of burial North Edna Cemetery, Edna, Kansas
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Chief Boatswain's Mate
Unit USS Marblehead
Battles/wars Spanish-American War
Awards Medal of Honor

Samuel S. Triplett (December 18, 1869 – August 26, 1957) was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the Spanish-American War.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Triplett entered the Navy from the state of New York and, during the Spanish-American War, served as an Ordinary Seaman on the USS Marblehead. On July 26, and July 27, 1898, he took part in a demining operation in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He was awarded the Medal of Honor five months later, on December 14, 1898, for his actions during the operation.

Triplett reached the rank of Chief Boatswain's Mate before leaving the Navy. He died at age 87 and was buried in North Edna Cemetery, Edna, Kansas.

Medal of Honor citation[edit | edit source]

Rank and organization: Ordinary Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: December 18, 1869, Chenokeeke, Kans. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 500, December 14, 1898.


On board the U.S.S. Marblehead at the approaches to Caimanera, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 26 and 27 July 1898. Displaying heroism, Triplett took part in the perilous work of sweeping for and disabling 27 contact mines during this period.[1]


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