Rank and organization: Chief Boatswain's Mate, U.S. Navy. Born: 1826,
Maine. Accredited to: Maine. G.O. No.: 59, 22 June 1865.
Citation: On board
the U.S.S. Seneca in the assault on Fort Fisher, 15 January 1865. Despite
severe enemy fire which halted an attempt by his assaulting party to enter
the stockade, Tripp boldly charged through the gap in the stockade although
the center of the line, being totally unprotected, fell back along the
open beach and left too few in the ranks to attempt an offensive operation.
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)