|William Henry Belpitt|
|Born||May 3, 1860|
|Place of birth||Ryde, New South Wales|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Rank||Captain of the Afterguard|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Belpitt was born on May 3, 1860, in Ryde, New South Wales, Australia. By October 7, 1884, he was serving in the U.S. Navy as Captain of the Afterguard on the USS Monocacy. On that morning, while Monocacy was at Fuzhou, China, he jumped overboard and rescued a Chinese man whose canoe had capsized. For this action, Belpitt was awarded the Medal of Honor.
Belpitt's official Medal of Honor citation reads:
On board the U.S.S. Monocacy, Foochow, China, 7 October 1884. Jumping overboard from that vessel on the morning of this date, Belpitt sustained, until picked up, a Chinaman who had been thrown into the water by the capsizing of a canoe.
- "William H. Belpitt". Military Times. http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=3298. Retrieved September 13, 2010.
- "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 September 13, 2010.
|This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors).|