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William Henry Belpitt
Born (1860-05-03)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
Unit USS Monocacy
Awards Medal of Honor

William Henry Belpitt (born May 3, 1860, date of death unknown) was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor.


Belpitt was born on May 3, 1860, in Ryde, New South Wales, Australia.[1] 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.[2]

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.[2]

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