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Re: Frank S. Gile--Mass.--Medal of Honor
Posted by: John Gile Date: March 15, 2002 at 21:00:24
In Reply to: Re: Frank S. Gile--Mass.--Medal of Honor by Ronald Tarburton of 271

In 1992, during my research for my book, The Guile-Gile-Guiles Genealogy (pub. 1997), I talked to Frank's grandson, Joseph T. Gile (Thomas R.>Frank S.). Frank was from Andover, MA, and his citation reads -
!Complete Citation from Medal of Honor website -
GILE, FRANK S.

Rank and organization: Landsman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1845, Massachusetts.
Accredited to: Massachusetts. G.O. No.: 32, 16 April 1864.
"Citation: On board
the U.S.S. Lehigh, Charleston Harbor, 16 November 1863, during the hazardous
task of freeing the Lehigh, which had been grounded, and was under heavy enemy
fire from Fort Moultrie. After several previous attempts had been made, Gile
succeeded in passing in a small boat from the Lehigh to the Nahant with a line
bent on a hawser. This courageous action while under severe enemy fire enabled
the Lehigh to be freed from her helpless position."

Joe in 1992 lived in Derry, NH, but has since moved back to Mathuen, Mass. His grandfather is buried at Ridgewood Cem. in Andover, and I have a newspaper article where Joe was pictured beside his grandfather's grave on Memorial Day. He might have a photo of him.

Contact me - John Gile - <jcgile@shaw.ca>


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