Patrick McGunigal
Ship Fitter, United States Navy
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Born at Hubbard, Ohio on May 30, 1876 he earned the Medal of Honor on September 17, 1917 while serving aboard the USS Huntington.

He died on January 19, 1936 and was buried in Section 6 of Arlington National Cemetery.


McGUNIGAL, PATRICK

Rank and organization: Shipfitter First Class, U.S. Navy. Born: 30 May 1876, Hubbard, Ohio. Accredited to: Ohio. G.O. No.: 341, 1917. 

Citation:

For extraordinary heroism while attached to the Huntington. On the morning of 17 September 1917, while the U.S.S. Huntington was passing through the war zone, a kite balloon was sent up with Lt. (j.g.) H. W. Hoyt, U.S. Navy, as observer. When the balloon was about 400 feet in the air, the temperature suddenly dropped, causing the balloon to descend about 200 feet, when it was struck by a squall. The balloon was hauled to the ship's side, but the basket trailed in the water and the pilot was submerged. McGunigal, with great daring, climbed down the side of the ship, jumped to the ropes leading to the basket, and cleared the tangle enough to get the pilot out of them. He then helped the pilot to get clear, put a bowline around him, and enabled him to be hauled to the deck. A bowline was lowered to McGunigal and he was taken safely aboard.



PATRICK MCGUNIGAL Gravesite PHOTO
Photo courtesy of Raymond L. Collins, 1999


Patrick McGunigal Gravesite PHOTO

Patrick McGunigal Gravesite PHOTO
Photos By Ron Williams

 Patrick McGunigal Gravesite PHOTO
Photo Courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs, March 2006



Updated: 30 September 2000 Updated: 30 October 2002 Updated: 15 March 2003 Updated: 28 February 2006 Updated: 7 April 2006
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