Lieutenant Commander, United States Navy
in Copenhagen, Denmark on March 29, 1861, he earned the Medal of Honor
while serving as a Mate aboard the USS Wompatuk at Manzanillo, Cuba, on
June 30, 1898 during the Spanish-American War. The Medal was presented
on April 30, 1901.
He died on June 6, 1946 and was buried in Section
8 of Arlington National Cemetery.
WASHINGTON, May 18, 1901 – The Navy Department has awarded to Boatswain Frederick Muller, now on duty in the Philippine Islands, the Medal of Honor and gratuity of $100 provided for in a section of the Revised Statutes for extraordinary heroism by seamen.
Muller’s heroic act was done during the Spanish-American
War. He was serving as a Mate aboard the Wompatuck and during an
engagement with the Spanish forces as Manzanillo on June 30, 1898, the
American vessel Hornet was disabled by the enemy’s fire and the Wompatuck
was signaled to take her in tow. Under a severe fire this service
was accomplished in the coolest and most expeditious manner by Mate Muller
and Boatswain’s Mate Alfred Woodruff. For this feat Muller was promoted
Rank and organization: Mate, U.S. Navy. Born: 29 March 1861, Copenhagen, Denmark. Accredited to: Massachusetts. G.O. No.: 45, 30 April 1901.
On board the U.S.S. Wompatuck, Manzanillo, Cuba, 30 June 1898. Serving under the fire of the enemy, Muller displayed heroism and gallantry during this period.
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Updated: 30 September 2000 Updated: 15 March 2003 Updated: 21 January 2008