Rank and organization: Landsman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1845, Massachusetts.
Accredited to: Massachusetts. G.O. No.: 32, 16 April 1864.
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
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)